Royal County Regains Blue Jean Crown
Aoife Scanlon from Meath was crowned the 2019 Blue Jean Country Queen at the Blue Jean Country Queen Festival on Sunday 2 June in Athboy, Co. Meath. It is the first time in 9 years that the title has been won by a Queen from the Royal County and only the third time Meath has produced the winner in 32 years.
Aoife is a 25 year old Marketing Executive and member of Enfield Macra na Feirme. She was awarded the top prize of €1000 from Athboy Credit Union. Last year’s winner, Alison O’Connor from Kerry, returned to Athboy to hand over the crown at a ceremony which took place following the 2019 Gala Banquet on Sunday evening.
It was a clean sweep for Leinster with runner-ups up from Carlow and Kilkenny. Emear Byrne from Carlow received second prize of €500 from M&G Groundworks. Third place went to Amy Rose Holden from Kilkenny who received €250 from Hi Spec Construction.
Throughout the weekend, Aoife 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 Athboy Credit Union Fun Day. That evening they sang Karaoke in Floods bar followed by a Father Ted theme night featuring Pub Crawl that finished up in The CU Marquee enjoying music from Joe Fury and the Hayride.
While on Sunday, Aoife 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 2019 Blue Jean Country Queen!
Speaking afterwards, Aoife thanked both the organizing committee and her fellow Queens adding: “The experience of being a Queen was amazing” and advised any future contestants to “live every minute of it”. She also 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.