Long-time volunteer Dulcie makes her eisteddfod debut
WHILE most eisteddfod entrants bravely take the stage when they are youngsters, there are others who are late bloomers.
Meet Dulcie Benn, a softly spoken lady who has decided to enter in the Gladstone City Eisteddfod for the first time at the age of 76.
Dulcie will recite a scripture from the bible in the Open Choice category and compete against other seniors who are giving it a crack, too.
She hasn't chosen a reading yet, but said her biggest concern was the projection of her little voice.
"I've been trying to develop my vocal cords. There's no microphone! Maybe I can put a little one in my shirt," she laughed.
"I love the eisteddfod; I'm really looking forward to it."
Dulcie is a valued member of the eisteddfod community - she has been volunteering on the committee for seven years and stepped into the role as eisteddfod publicist three years ago.
"I love to try and help the public to understand what the eisteddfod does for young people," she said.
"The eisteddfod helps people to win and lose gracefully, not like those tennis players who throw the racket."
The former real estate agent, among a devoted team of volunteers, has already started preparing for the 2014 show.
Another vital member of the team is Carmel Stanley, a woman who has achieved a milestone of her own.
Carmel has taught the piano and keyboard for 25 years, with 2014 marking her 23rd year teaching students who compete in the eisteddfod as well as the role as president of the association.
Carmel was first introduced to the arts scene in 1970 when her daughter entered the dance category at the very first eisteddfod in Gladstone.
Carmel was hooked and hasn't looked back.
The 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod kicks off on August 31.
Entries close on May 30.