While growing up in Goulburn, Shanay Little remembered looking forward to attending the Lilac City Festival.
She used to enjoy spending time at the festival with her family and friends and especially looked forward to watching the parade.
"As a young kid growing up in Goulburn, you know that Lilac festival is held in October every year," the 22-year-old said.
This year, Ms Little is competing for the title of Lilac Queen.
"I used to appreciate the hard work put in by the Lilac queens but never thought that I will be competing for the title one day myself," she added.
She is working as a case worker at Mission Australia's Sustaining Tenancies in Social Housing program.
"The funds that I raise will go to Mission Australia as it is my nominated charity," Ms Little said.
"These funds could be used for the sustaining tenancies program that Mission Australia runs and can help clients in social housing who are at the risk of losing their tenancy," Ms Little said.
Meanwhile, Lilac Festival vice president Daniel Strickland, is excited that the two candidates are competing for the Lilac Festival Queen competition.
"I think the two candidates we have in Jenna and Shanay will do Goulburn proud and I hope that Goulburn will get behind them in their fundraising efforts. One of them will be crowned the Goulburn Lilac City Festival Queen this October long weekend," he said.
The other candidate Jenna D'Apice is the second candidate who is competing for the title of Lilac Queen.
The winner will win a holiday for two at Mantra Gold Coast, get a professional photo done and will get invited to various community events.
Lilac City Festival is Australia's longest-running community festival held over a period of three days.
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