Taylah joins in contest
THE 2014 Apple and Grape Young Ambassador competition has heated up with a second entrant putting her hat in the ring.
Self-confessed country girl at heart Taylah Wantling will be vying for the title with the support of sponsor Wilshire and Co.
Taylah said several factors prompted her to enter.
"Next year it will be 30 years since my Pop (Terry Shannon) was head of the queen and ball committee - so I have that family connection," she said.
"I also wanted to do something to give back to the community.
"I hope to raise a lot of money to help the Apple and Grape Committee.
"It will be a good challenge."
Taylah, who turns 19 in May, can also lay claim to being sixth generation born and raised in Stanthorpe.
Taylah said she anticipated local knowledge would probably be her strong point but would have to work on her public speaking.
When she is not working at Stanthorpe Rural and Hardware or the Central Hotel, Taylah can be found in her element helping her father on the family's property.
"I want to be a rural vet and have deferred uni in Armidale until next year," Taylah said.
To kick off fundraising, there will be a sausage sizzle and fresh produce sale out the front of Stanthorpe Rural and Hardware, 93a Folkestone St, every Saturday morning.
Taylah is also running a wood raffle for $1 a ticket from Stanthorpe Rural and Hardware, or the Border Post, and it will be drawn on April 20.