Representatives of sister city Wagga Wagga, Australia, will be visiting Leavenworth later this week.

Representatives of sister city Wagga Wagga, Australia, will be visiting Leavenworth later this week.

Miss Wagga Wagga Zoe Martin and Community Princess Maddie Smith will be arriving in Leavenworth this evening. And Wagga Wagga Mayor Greg Conkey and his wife, Jenny, will be arriving Saturday afternoon, according to Kristi Lee, manager of the Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The visitors from Australia are scheduled to be in Leavenworth until Sept. 5.

Martin and Smith earned their titles through their participation in the annual Miss Wagga Wagga Quest.

Miss Wagga Wagga and Community Princess titleholders have visited Leavenworth in the past. But generally, the visits happen once every three years.

This week’s visit comes only a year after the 2017 titleholders came to Leavenworth.

Lee said it is her understanding that a trip to one of Wagga Wagga’s other sister cities fell through for the current titleholders.

“They contacted us and asked if they could come back here,” Lee said. “And of course, we said yes.”

Lee said she is not sure when a mayor of Wagga Wagga has previously visited Leavenworth. She said the upcoming visit by Conkey may have been spurred by the fact that Leavenworth City Commissioner Nancy Bauder visited Wagga Wagga last year. Bauder was mayor of Leavenworth at the time.

“I think that kind of prompted them to want to come over here,” Lee said.

The affiliation between Wagga Wagga, which is located in the state of New South Wales, and Leavenworth was established in 1962, according to a website for the Australian city.

Lee said a number of activities are planned for the Wagga Wagga visitors during their stay in Leavenworth including stops at local museums and the downtown area.

“We’re going to tour Fort Leavenworth,” Lee said.

Martin and Smith will have the opportunity to visit the state capitol in Topeka.

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