Onward and upward for our showgirl
GYMPIE’S Miss Showgirl Andrea Schulz has won the Near North Coast Region sub-chamber title and will now go on to Brisbane where she will battle it out for the Queensland Showgirl title.
The Gympie District Beef Cattle committee entrant scored the double at this year’s Gympie District Show Ball when she was sashed both Miss Showgirl and Miss Charity Showgirl.
Show Society president Graham Engeman said at last Saturday evening’s Sub-Chamber Ball, hosted by the Noosa Show Society at Pomona, Andrea’s personality and character encapsulated what the judges were seeking as an ambassador to represent the Near North Coast region agricultural shows.
“Andrea’s win is a great plus for the area and good for her personally,” Mr Engeman said.
He added it was very pleasing to see how each of the young Gympie women who vied for the local Miss Showgirl award grew in confidence.
“The competition brings a lot out in the girls,” he said.
“They were all very good, with only a point or two separating them.
“Andrea is full of confidence and has continued to show strong community spirit.”
The competition is an opportunity for young Queensland women to be involved with the agricultural show movement and promote rural industries.
From all the regional contenders, the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies seeks a committed and enthusiastic young woman to represent the shows of Queensland, both rural and metropolitan, during her ensuing 12-month term as Miss Showgirl.
Many of the finalists come from small regional areas where their fundraising is vital to the continuation of the local show.
Without community support and youth involvement, regional shows and communities can struggle to survive, and the ongoing support from the showgirl movement provides enormous assistance to the show societies.
The winner of the 2010 title will spend the next 12 months representing her show society at many other shows and be involved in the judging process of the 2011 Miss Showgirl.