Girls from Harborough and the surrounding district are being given the chance to be crowned this year’s Carnival Queen.
This week the Mail launches the search to find the girl who will be Queen of the Carnival parade and who will also make special appearances at town events throughout the year.
The Carnival Queen has all eyes on her as the floats parade through town, and this year the honour of wearing the coveted crown on the day could be yours.
As well as being at the head of Carnival, the role also involves being a VIP at various functions during the year, including taking part as a guest of honour at the annual Late Night Shopping festival in Harborough.
In the past, Carnival Queens have used the position as a platform to raise awareness of issues dear to them or to raise money for charity.
Being a Carnival Queen can look great on your CV when you apply for an interview, or for a place at a college or university.
There have also been Queens who have supported groups or causes in the community.
The winner will also get a cash prize of £150 and the runner-up – or Maid of Honour – will get £100.
So if you are aged 13 or over and think you would enjoy the experience, now is the time to apply.
The appointment is based on personality.
The selection night for the 2014 contes will take place at The Angel Hotel in Harborough on Tuesday, April 29,.
Last year’s Carnival Queen was Billiemay Laver, pictured here with crown and the coveted Carnival Queen Cup, which has all the names of past queens etched upon it.
Carnival committee chairman John Bush said: “Do not be afraid to put yourself forward, you will find your friends support you and some may even be tempted to compete against you.”
The deadline for entries is Friday, April 18.