The Miss Showgirl journey is underway for four young Longreach women, who were put through their paces by judges last week.
Joining them is the central west’s first rural ambassador, Meg Bassingthwaighte.
The 2016 Longreach Miss Showgirl, Tiffany Davey, spoke at the judging dinner held at the Jumbuck Motel in Longreach last Thursday, telling the four Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl entrants – Stella Batt, Ellie Laube, Claire Nolan and Claire Jackson – they were on a journey of friendship and exploration.
She said she’d applied because she was passionate about rural industries and wanted to showcase them.
“Australian agriculture is the best in the world, but it needs advocates,” she said.
Tiffany urged entrants not to let their Miss Showgirl experience end, but to go back to their communities, ask themselves what is missing, and make it happen.
Longreach Show president, Margie Webb, said the support the girls had received from the community was amazing, considering the ongoing lack of rain.
The announcement of just who is the 2017 Longreach Miss Showgirl will take place following the grand parade and show opening at 5pm this Saturday, May 20.