Alison O'Connor from Kerry was crowned the 2018 Blue Jean Country Queen at the Blue Jean Country Queen Festival on Sunday 3 June in Athboy, Co. Meath. The first representative from Kerry Macra na Feirme to do so in the 30 year history of the festival.
Alison is a 27 year old Civil Servant and member of Causeyway Macra na Feirme. was awarded the top prize of €1000 from Athboy Credit Union. Last year’s winner, Alison Sinnott from Wexford, returned to Athboy to hand over the crown at a ceremony which took place following the 2018 Gala Banquet on Sunday evening.
Runner-up was Catherine Dillion from Kilkenny. She received €500 from M&G Groundworks. Third place went to Katie Maguire, from Meath received €250 from Hi Spec Construction.
Throughout the weekend, Alison and her 21 fellow Queens took part in a hectic and fun filled weekend which saw them do everything from take part in on stage interviews and a fashion show to attending a BBQ with main sponsors, Athboy Credit Union. As well as playing a game of Fancy Dress Football and singing Karaoke with the festival organizers and judges.
On Friday night, the Queens were interviewed on stage by Enfield Macra member Adam Burke, before dancing the night away to DJ Mark Caffrey in the Darnley Lodge Hotel. While on Saturday they had private interviews with the judges, before taking in all the fun of the Festival's Street Carnival and Craft Fair. That evening they sang Karaoke, went on a Pub Crawl and finished up in The CU Marquee enjoying music from Louth based band Cool Chic.
While on Sunday, Alison and the Queens played Fancy Dress Football in the Fair Green at the Stephen's Cooke and Associates - Lark in the Park, before modelling the latest fashions and dashing off later for the Gala Banquet. There were celebrations, tears and hugs galore in The CU Marquee following the announcement as the Queens rushed to celebrate with their new friend, the 2018 Blue Jean Country Queen!
Speaking afterwards, Alison thanked both the organizing committee and her fellow Queens adding: “This weekend has been absolutely incredible from start to finish” and expressed her wish to be a positive representative for both The Blue Jean Country Queen Festival and Macra na Feirme over the next 12 months.