Show­girls named

to rep­re­sent the re­gion at the Bris­bane Ekka.

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SOPHIE Hughes and Sheree Bed­dows will rep­re­sent the Bur­nett re­gion at the Queens­land Miss Show­girl and Ru­ral Am­bas­sador com­pe­ti­tions at this year’s Bris­bane Ekka.

For Biggen­den Show So­ci­ety Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Sheree Bed­dows, be­ing named Bur­nett sub-cham­ber’s ru­ral am­bas­sador on her birth­day was ex­cit­ing.

“It’s ex­cit­ing, but I’m very re­lieved that it’s all over un­til Au­gust,” Ms Bed­dows said.

Ms Bed­dows, whose pas­sion for agri­cul­tural shows started at age five, has been show­ing cat­tle since she was 11.

She said she was keen for more young people to be in­volved in agri­cul­tural shows.

“I would like to know more about the Next Gen Farm­ers Chal­lenge,” she said dur­ing her speech.

Ms Bed­dows said Biggen­den Show So­ci­ety had can­celled its campdraft and prime cat­tle sec­tions this year due to drought and she was proud of the show’s pro­gram­ming ad­just­ments.

Dur­ing her speech out­lin­ing the ef­fects of the drought on shows, Tee­bar’s Miss Show­girl Sophie Hughes named Tee­bar as a spe­cial com­mu­nity that ral­lied to sup­port the show af­ter the campdraft was can­celled. Ms Hughes was sur­prised at be­ing named the re­gion’s Miss Show­girl.

“I didn’t re­ally ex­pect it,” the QUT stu­dent said.

Con­venor of judges Pam­mie Ellen said 11 re­gional fi­nal­ists would com­pete for the ti­tles of Queens­land Miss Show­girl and Ru­ral Am­bas­sador.

“When in Bris­bane they do lunch at Par­lia­ment House as guests of the Bris­bane Ekka com­mit­tee. It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ms Ellen said.

“They are youth am­bas­sadors (who) will ex­pe­ri­ence places where the aver­age per­son doesn’t get to go.”

Bur­nett sub-cham­ber sec­re­tary Dot Hamil­ton praised the par­tic­i­pants, and said af­ter the judg­ing Ms Hughes and Ms Bed­dows “now have more con­fi­dence in them­selves”.

Run­ners-up were Miss Show­girl Bund­aberg Bon­nie Coolee and Gin Gin Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Amanda Mit­tel­heuser.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS: Queens­land Coun­try Life's Miss Show­girl 2013 Donna Baker with Bur­nett Sub-cham­ber's 2014 Miss Show­girl Sophie Hughes and Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Sheree Bed­dows.

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