In the South
After 32 years Winton's Bride of the Year competition is still going strong, as organisers look forward to another glittering event.
Coordinated by Central Southland Rural Women, one of the key committee members over the three decades, Lorna Anderson, has this year handed over the reins for the first time.
"It's really been the same group of people right through since we started the competition in 1983 - now we're all getting a bit grey headed," she said.
"I'm not that good with all these computers and emails - everything is so modern these days, so I thought it was about time to give up.
"I'll be sitting in the audience this year. I won't be doing anything . . . apart from some bits and pieces."
Mrs Anderson received a Queen's Service Medal in 2011 for services to the community.
Bridal entries this year were looking good, with new entry coordinator Jill Taylor hoping they would match the 30 entrants last year.
"I fully understand the workload Lorna's undertaken over the years," she said.
Entrants were coming from across Southland, with one tipped to be wearing a gown by leading New Zealand bridal designer Vera Wang.
"Every girl looks lovely on her wedding day and they'll all look lovely on the night.
"I'm getting lots of comments from the girls that they're all looking forward to wearing their dresses again and that's what the competition is all about."
The event, at Winton's Memorial Hall, begins at 7.30pm with tickets $15 for adults and $5 for children under 15. This year the hall had been specially decorated.
- The Southland Times