The Miss Gold Coast Competition on Thursday afternoon was anything but quiet. In fact, there was a real sense of energy to the moment.

The atmosphere was electric. There were groups of very young girls and boys, some fully dressed. Some were in summer dresses, others in traditional huts, others in beachwear.

There were the cheeky chaps from St. Anne’s Golf Club, many of whom slipped out of their skirts without a moment’s hesitation.

There were the boys from The Rock School, one of the main colleges at the event, who have been practising to provide their all-girl competitors with a “few slip-ups.”

There were the fashionistas from the Andrew Sarris School.

There were also quite a few senior girls from the Gold Coast University High School for Girls and their respective clubs, who were in their trademark kaftans.

The boys from St. Peter’s College were in their traditional Yarra Longhorn pants, and were actually taught how to address girls by their inspirational volleyball coach, Kate Stark, who was also sporting a very distinct blonde ponytail.

Amongst the many girls wearing traditional rompers were Brooke Harrington, who was crowned Miss Gold Coast International 2018 in December.

And she wouldn’t be alone. Brooke has been modelling in local competitions for years, although her main role has been as a private tutor in Cape Town.

Three girls in golden fringe and a red shirt, Charlotte Knott and Alana Moxon, were also invited to perform one of their poems written as part of the competition.

Others in traditional huts also took part in the day-long celebrations, with the contestants getting in the spirit of things at the end of the day’s events with a dress up competition.

Among the more formal pairs was the pair of Isaac Nowrooyan and Joshua Saunke from the St. Paul’s College of Commercial Music.

The pair strutted around the room and sang a cover of The Meters’ dancefloor-fillers “Do You Feel Me” and “La Vie en Rose.”