Though they had been in town for only a short time, two visitors from sister city Wagga Wagga, Australia, said Thursday that they were impressed with Leavenworth.

Though they had been in town for only a short time, two visitors from sister city Wagga Wagga, Australia, said Thursday that they were impressed with Leavenworth.

“It’s beautiful,” said Maddie Smith.

Smith and Zoe Martin are visiting Leavenworth after competing in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest.

Martin, who holds the title of Miss Wagga Wagga, described the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest as a personal development program that raises money for charities.

Smith holds the title of Community Princess as a result of her participation in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest.

Wagga Wagga is located in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Martin and Smith arrived in Leavenworth Wednesday evening. It took them about 36 hours, including several layovers, to make the trip from Wagga Wagga to Leavenworth.

Their first official event after their arrival was a tour of Leavenworth High School Thursday morning.

“There’s so much happening there,” Martin said.

While at the high school, Martin and Smith had the opportunity to fire air rifles on a range used by the school’s Junior ROTC program.

Martin serves in the Royal Australian Air Force. She holds the rank of flying officer. She is stationed at a base in Wagga Wagga.

Smith is a regional administrator for the Cancer Council, which is a charity organization.

A number of other activities are planned for Martin and Smith in Leavenworth and the surrounding area before they are scheduled to depart next week.

The affiliation between Wagga Wagga and Leavenworth was established in 1962, according to a website for the Australian city.

Greg Conkey, the mayor of Wagga Wagga, also will be visiting Leavenworth while Martin and Smith are in town. Conkey and his wife, Jenny, are scheduled to arrive Saturday afternoon.

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