Thrilling days for Teebar’s girl
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.