WITH a combined effort, Gympie's Showgirls have raised $47,500 to help keep the show running.
Gympie Show president Lars Hedberg said it was an "outstanding contribution".
"It's very significant in its own right, but even more so because times are tough and sponsorship is down," he said.
Mr Hedberg said Saturday's Show Ball, held at the Gympie Civic Centre, was a lovely evening and well organised by Gympie Show secretary Deb Rowlands.
Mrs Rowlands said it was fairytale ending for Sarah Aberdein, who was crowned Miss Showgirl.
Meanwhile Miss Charity was won by Krystle Johnston - she raised $19,000 as the Show's dairy entrant and Tegan Sewell was crowned Miss Junior Showgirl.
"They're outstanding representatives for the show and for the community," Mr Hedberg said of the girls.
Mrs Rowlands said It was a great night and everyone had a good time.
On the night, Nugget and Al from radio station Zinc 96.1 were the comperes.
Speaking to The Gympie Times yesterday, Nugget said he had a great time.
"It was a great night. It was my first time to a country ball and I really, really enjoyed it," he said.
"It genuinely fascinated me. The band started playing and over 40 couples got up on their feet and all did the same dance - that's a big part of the tradition.
"It was fun, everyone got into the spirit of it. I had an absolute ball, no pun intended."
The 124th Gympie Show will be held on May 17, 18 and 19.
Visit gympieshow.org.au for more information.