Darling Downs showgirl sashed at Toowoomba Royal Show

Bell's Paige Caldwell named Darling Downs showgirl

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Paige Caldwell from the Bell Show Society has been sashed as the Darling Downs Showgirl.

Paige Caldwell from the Bell Show Society has been sashed as the Darling Downs Showgirl.

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A budding lawyer who grew up on a cattle property near Bell will represent the Darling Downs after being crowned the region's showgirl.

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A budding lawyer who grew up on a cattle property near Bell will represent the Darling Downs after being crowned the region's showgirl.

Ms Caldwell, 20, was selected from a field of eight finalists representing show societies from across the Darling Downs, with judging taking place on Saturday at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

Gabriella Moffatt representing the Pittsworth Show Society was named runner-up while Toowoomba's Keely Berther took out the popularity award, voted on by the showgirl finalists.

Darling Downs Miss Popular Keely Berther and showgirl runner up Gabriella Moffat.

Darling Downs Miss Popular Keely Berther and showgirl runner up Gabriella Moffat.

Ms Caldwell, who is studying at law and business at Bond University, will go on to represent the Darling Downs at the Ekka.

When she finishes her degree in August she hopes to move back to a rural area to practice as a solicitor.

"I have enjoyed my university years being at the Gold Coast but my heart is in a rural town and I think that's where I can best represent the agricultural industry," she said.

"I've always known that I wanted to do something in the agricultural industry because I love it. I never knew exactly what until I found my passion for law and I thought,' this is amazing, I've found my niche and I can make a real difference in the industry through the legal profession.'

"Representing farmers in court, even small things such as advising on succession planning or how to best deal with vegetation management laws, all those things help in a small way. In the long run I'd really like to help in a bigger aspect, in a policy decision making basis."

Ms Caldwell said she had always known that she wanted to be a showgirl one day.

"What really cemented it for me was someone who I'm really close friends with, Lauren Fisher, she went through when I was about 14 and got Miss Darling Downs and went to the Ekka and it was amazing. That's when I knew I had to go on and do this when I was her age," she said.

Ms Caldwell said the showgirl experience had been amazing and she would recommend it to any young woman who was interested.

"I've met amazing girls through the experience," she said.

"All the showgirl coordinators and the judges have just been so approachable and helpful, it's not a scary environment and it's a really great way to grow your abilities, inspire confidence and do something as simple as representing your community."

The Darling Downs sub-chamber showgirl finalists on stage at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

The Darling Downs sub-chamber showgirl finalists on stage at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

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