Ju­niors steal show­girl lime­light

Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Alana Chris­tensen

When it comes time for the show­girl com­pe­ti­tions on agri­cul­tural days, it’s of­ten the Miss Show­girl en­trants than get plenty of the fo­cus.

How­ever in re­cent years, younger girls have been throw­ing their hat in the ring to com­pete for a ti­tle of their own: Miss Ju­nior Show­girl.

In 1981, at the cen­te­nary of the Nu­murkah Show, one of those girls was 12-year-old An­drea Holmes (nee Burkitt).

Hav­ing been in­volved in the show from a young age, it be­came some­thing of a fam­ily tra­di­tion to en­ter in show com­pe­ti­tions and help out.

‘‘Mum and Dad were very big at the Nu­murkah Show, they were both on the com­mit­tees for a num­ber of years when I was grow­ing up. I re­mem­ber help­ing the ladies with their dis­plays and in the kitchen,’’ she said.

‘‘I can al­ways re­mem­ber do­ing that from a very young age, right through un­til I left school.

‘‘(En­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tions) was a bit of a tra­di­tion in the fam­ily. My sis­ter Ch­eryl had won one of the com­pe­ti­tions a cou­ple of years ear­lier.’’

It was there­fore no sur­prise Mrs Holmes found her­self as part of the Miss Ju­nior Show­girl com­pe­ti­tion.

Dressed in a colo­nial style dress that her sis­ter had made to pay homage to the cen­te­nary theme, the young girl was in­ter­viewed and quizzed as part of the com­pe­ti­tion, and was shocked when she was an­nounced the win­ner and re­ceived her sash.

‘‘I never thought that I would have won it be­cause I was just so shy,’’ she said.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber the pa­rade around the oval, I hopped on the back of a horse­drawn cart and was pa­raded around the oval at the end of the day. It was the most ex­cit­ing part of the day.’’

The Nu­murkah Show con­tin­ues to hold a special place in Mrs Holmes’ heart, a feel­ing she said much of the town shares.

‘‘A few years ago we nearly lost it and the town re­grouped and it’s now back big­ger than ever,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a real community day for ev­ery­one and the whole town gets out and it’s just a great fam­ily day amongst the town.’’

Now run­ning the Nu­murkah newsagency with her hus­band Craig, Mrs Holmes said af­ter liv­ing in Mel­bourne for sev­eral years one thing was clear.

‘‘We were just des­tined to stay in the coun­try.’’ ■ The RASV is look­ing for for­mer Miss Show­girls to cel­e­brate the com­pe­ti­tion’s 60th an­niver­sary. Con­tact An­nette Shiell by email at an­nette.shiell@rasv.com.au or by phone on 9281 7427. ■ To share your show­girl story with Coun­try News, phone Alana Chris­tensen on 5820 3237 or email alana.chris­tensen@shep­p­news.com.au

Ready to go . . . Twelve-year-old An­drea Holmes (nee Burkitt) be­fore the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion at the Nu­murkah Show.

All smiles . . . Mrs Holmes (far left) with the win­ners of Miss Show­girl, Miss Teenager, Mas­ter Tiny Tot and Miss Tiny Tot in 1981.

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