Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY

IT might not be a home where the buf­falo roam, but the Aus­tralian Rodeo Queen Quest is more than happy to be based on the Gold Coast

Pres­i­dent Sharon Pig­gott – who has hosted the con­test on the Glit­ter Strip for more than 20 years – said she could think of no bet­ter place to keep it coun­try.

“We do it for the glitz and glam­our,” Ms Pig­gott said.

“If we did it in a smaller town we’d just meet the mayor and visit a cat­tle stud.

“And these girls can visit a cat­tle stud when­ever they like.”

One of six con­tes­tants from across the coun­try will be crowned Rodeo Queen at tonight’s pageant at the Mantra Leg­ends Ho­tel in Surfers Par­adise.

Ms Pig­gott said the win­ner will win a trip to the US and Canada and pro­mote Aus­tralia at some of the big­gest rodeos in the world.

“The rodeos are huge, they can at­tract up to 60,000 peo­ple per day and these girls will be show­ing off Aus­tralia in front of them,” Ms Pig­gott said.

“We’re look­ing for a real Aussie girl with a bub­bly per­son­al­ity.”


Reign­ing Rodeo Queen of Aus­tralia Bessie Smits in Surfers Par­adise.

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