Savannah is Central and North West Miss Showgirl

Cloncurry Miss Showgirl is 2019 Central and North West Showgirl


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New Central and North West Miss Showgirl Savannah McDonald, centre, with Longreach Miss Showgirl Anna Finlayson and Blackall Miss Showgirl Zoe Barron. Photos supplied.

New Central and North West Miss Showgirl Savannah McDonald, centre, with Longreach Miss Showgirl Anna Finlayson and Blackall Miss Showgirl Zoe Barron. Photos supplied.

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She's been to the Ekka in search of fairy floss and sideshow rides but now Cloncurry's Savannah McDonald will be in the thick of the livestock side of Queensland's largest agricultural show.

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She's been to the Ekka in search of fairy floss and sideshow rides but now Cloncurry's Savannah McDonald will be in the thick of the livestock side of Queensland's largest agricultural show.

The 21-year-old teacher who moved to the north west from Brisbane at the start of the year was named the Central and North West sub-chamber Miss Showgirl winner at judging on Saturday.

She received the honour over Blackall's first Miss Showgirl in at least a dozen years, Zoe Barron, who was named the runner-up, and Anna Finlayson, Longreach's Miss Showgirl.

"I'm really looking forward to experiencing the Ekka from an ag show perspective," Savannah said. "The Showgirl movement has developed into an ambassadorship so I've learnt a lot more about the community I'm in now and I like being able to give them a voice."

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One of the issues she wants to highlight is education in small rural towns, which often struggle to attract and retain teachers, and she said agriculture was a really relevant topic today.

"I went to school at Ferny Grove in Brisbane and we were lucky to have had a good ag program."

Both Savannah and Blackall's Zoe Barron said the Showgirl experience had helped them be immersed in the rural town experience.

Zoe Barron, Blackall, Anna Finlayson, Longreach, 2018 Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Michaela Tapp, 2019 Central and North West Miss Showgirl Savannah McDonald, and the sub-chamber's Marsh Rural Ambassador entrant Lisha Bennett, Longreach.

Zoe Barron, Blackall, Anna Finlayson, Longreach, 2018 Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl Michaela Tapp, 2019 Central and North West Miss Showgirl Savannah McDonald, and the sub-chamber's Marsh Rural Ambassador entrant Lisha Bennett, Longreach.

"I've met a lot of new people through it," Zoe said, who was accompanied to Cloncurry for the judging by her mother and sister, and Barcoo Pastoral Society representative Deb Hawkins.

"People were so excited to see a representative from the Blackall area again."

While she's moving on from her role as a governess in the Blackall district to an administrative role for the Barcoo shire at Jundah, she's keen to return to Blackall once she receives her teaching degree.

"It's been a really good way to learn more about local things and I wrote down a lot of ideas from the other Showgirls for ideas from their shows," she said.

The story Savannah is Central and North West Miss Showgirl first appeared on North Queensland Register.

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