Margaret Young, of Casino, was crowned Beef Week Queen at a function on Saturday night.
Margaret Young, of Casino, was crowned Beef Week Queen at a function on Saturday night.

Law studies on hold for Beef Queen

MARGARET Young is lucky she has such an understanding boss because the 18-year-old legal secretary from Dyraaba has a full week ahead of her as newly crowned 2011 Beef Week Queen.

Miss Young, 18, works as a legal secretary for Clayton James solicitors in Casino, but this week she’ll need time off for a whirlwind of “official” duties in her new role as ambassador for Casino’s annual festival.

“I already have next Friday off, and my boss, Clayton, is really understanding and supportive, so he’ll let me have the time off I need,” she laughed the morning after finding out she had been awarded the coveted Beef Queen title.

After the “shock” of being crowned Beef Queen on Saturday night, Miss Young said she was “easing into duties” on Sunday at the Windara Italian Afternoon, held at the Windara Function Centre.

The rest of the week she’ll be officiating at a series of Beef Week events including the Northern Star Celebration of Fashion at Casino RSM Club on Wednesday and the Breakfast with the Butchers in Walker Street on Friday.

Miss Young is no stranger to Beef Week – she’s been actively involved in the festival for the past eight years, since she was a young girl, first showing her step-father’s British White cattle each year and also helping her Beef Week sponsors, the Red Angus Stud at Rukenvale.

She has also done junior judging before and represented the district in junior judging and junior exhibiting in Sydney in 2007.

“I love the atmosphere of Beef Week,” Miss Young said.

“The town unites and everyone is happy and chatting to each other. It caters for so many different interests, too,” she said.

“It’s a chance to put Casino on the map. Next year the festival will turn 30 – and it’s still growing strong.”

Beyond Beef Week, the former St Mary’s student plans to continue her studies in law and business.

After beginning her traineeship with Clayton James when she was 16, Miss Young has four weeks to go before completing her Certificate IV in business administration and when she turns 21 she plans to undertake paralegal studies at university.

However, the 2011 Beef Week Queen will never be far away from her roots: “I grew up on a 400 hectare cattle farm and I’ll always want to live on a farm,” she said.