Monto’s crown­ing glory

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

ON SUN­DAY, at the Monto Dis­trict Show So­ci­ety High Tea, the town saw the crown­ing of its new Miss Showgirl, Rachel Black.

The 20-year-old has lived in Monto all her life and works as an in­fra­struc­ture sup­port of­fi­cer at Ba­nana Re­gional Coun­cil.

“I’m hon­oured. I’ve lived in Monto all my life, born and bred,” Ms Black said.

“I was ap­proached and asked if I’d be in­ter­ested in doing it and I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore, so I thought it would be some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Though she was ini­tially ner­vous at the prospect of be­ing judged by the com­mu­nity she had grown up in, Ms Black was hon­est and open.

On Sun­day at 11am, be­fore the high tea started, she and her op­po­nent, Monto State Pri­mary School teacher Ashleigh-Rose Rollings, were asked a se­ries of ques­tions about the town in or­der to gauge their suit­abil­ity for the task.

One such ques­tion was: “What is your favourite as­pect of the town,” to which Ms Black an­swered “the


“I’ve been very blessed to grow up here and ex­pe­ri­ence that,” she said.

The high tea proved to be a fun af­ter­noon for at­ten­dees, with good food and tea on of­fer.

An en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cle came from the Miss Showgirl nom­i­nees an­swer­ing fun nov­elty ques­tions be­fore the crowd, such as: “What flavour ice cream would you be?”

When it came time for the an­nounce­ment, last year’s Miss Showgirl, Tay­lah Ste­ger, stepped up to of­fer some ad­vice to the nom­i­nees.

“All I can say is just be your­self, have a breath and just have fun and make new friends,” Ms Ste­ger said.

There was also a se­ri­ous talk given by guest speaker Kallee Buchanan, ABC Wide Bay ru­ral re­porter, who spoke to the crowd about the im­por­tance of shar­ing ru­ral com­mu­nity is­sues, which she said came from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I can only tell sto­ries I know about. If you are sit­ting around won­der­ing why no­body talks about that thing that re­ally mat­ters to you, you should share it,” Ms Buchanan said.

The Monto Show is tak­ing place this Satur­day and Sun­day at the show­grounds.


MISS SHOWGIRL: Monto's 2017 Miss Showgirl Rachel Black, with run­ner-up Ashleigh-Rose Rollings and or­gan­iser Bre­anna Hockey.

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