A chance to be girly
FROCKING up in a ball gown for the Gympie Show will be a long way from working on the family farm for Krystle Johnston but she is embracing the chance to be glamorous.
"It doesn't happen often, so it's nice to do girly stuff," the Miss Dairy Showgirl entrant said yesterday.
She has organised a Dairy Reunion Dinner with the rest of the show committee for February 3, for anyone who has been or still is involved in the industry, to raise money for the Gympie Show.
Miss Johnston said there would be a guest speaker, who was well known for his tall tales, a heifer sale, dinner, dessert and prizes on the night.
"Fingers crossed it will go well," she said.
The show's chief dairy steward Ray Zerner said the dinner was for anyone and a good cause.
"Its all for the show," he said.
This is Miss Johnston's first time entering a Miss Showgirl contest.
"I've always been helping out with the cattle. My uncle shows dairy cattle and my brothers show beef," she said of her reason to enter.
Miss Johnston has also been to the Gympie Show every year since she could remember.
The 20-year-old said she loved dairy cattle because they were homely, but she was actually lactose intolerant and could not drink milk.
"I have learnt so much organising this event. I would do it again - it feels so good helping out."
When Miss Johnston is not giving her time up to raise money for the Gympie Show, she works full time on the family farm - the famous Craiglea horse stud in Kenilworth.