Thrilling days for Tee­bar’s girl

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

A BUSY Ekka week her­alded the start of an ex­cit­ing year for So­phie Hughes.

The Miss Bur­nett Show­girl, who was crowned Queens­land’s 2014 Miss Show­girl, and the Tee­bar com­mu­nity will be the faces of Queens­land shows for the next 12 months.

Ms Hughes ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to meet with show rep­re­sen­ta­tives from around the state, as each “lit­tle part for our show comes to­gether very dif­fer­ently”.

“We all want the same thing; we’re all in­ter­ested in the show move­ment and get­ting younger peo­ple in­volved,” she said.

“I thank the Tee­bar Show So­ci­ety, Bur­nett Sub-cham­ber, fam­ily and friends – I wouldn’t be here with­out them.”

Her first week on the job was a full one, with Queens­land show meet­ings and vis­its to Gov­ern­ment and Par­lia­ment houses – ex­pe­ri­ences “in all hon­esty that you never get the op­por­tu­nity to do”.

“(On Mon­day), we are go­ing to do a food and wine show and I’m meant to be cook­ing – that should be in­ter­est­ing,” Ms Hughes said.

Ms Hughes fol­lows Monto’s Donna Baker as Queens­land Miss Show­girl, the first time the North Bur­nett has been hon­oured with con­sec­u­tive wins.

“I def­i­nitely have big shoes to fill. I have got to know her quite well through the Bur­nett Sub-cham­ber (and) will keep in con­tact with her,” she said.

And, in an­other proud mo­ment for the North Bur­nett, Ms Hughes was pleased to be present when Biggen­den’s Sheree Bed­dows be­came Peo­ple’s Choice Ru­ral Am­bas­sador.

“We were all there and sat in on the pre­sen­ta­tion. She spoke re­ally well; it’s very ex­cit­ing.”

Mayor Don Waugh con­grat­u­lated the women on their achieve­ments.

“It’s bril­liant to get the recog­ni­tion for this part of the coun­try,” he said.

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