to represent the region at the Brisbane Ekka.
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.
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.