From Australia to Altona, that's been the whirlwind trip so far for Anna Rixon, the 2017 Central Highlands Sunflower Queen. Anna is here to be part of the Manitoba Sunflower Festival this weekend in Altona, and dropped by our studios this week for a tour.

Altona's sister city is Emerald, Australia where every year they host the Central Highlands Easter Sunflower Festival, and Anna was crowned Queen of this year's pageant.

A little closer to home, the pageant at the Manitoba Sunflower Festival is more than 50 years old, with a new Queen being crowned Saturday night.

But back to our special guest Anna who chatted with reporter Susanne Allmendinger...

Susanne also asked Anna what she's most looking forward to this weekend during the Festival.

Anna and her family will be around Altona throughout the weekend, and you will see her and the rest of the 2016 Manitoba Sunflower Festival Royalty and the 2017 Pageant contestants during Saturday's (July 29th) stage show. Morning Show Co-Hosts Chris Sumner and Jayme Giesbrecht will be Co-MCing!

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