As the 2018 Miss Darling Downs Showgirl Sarah Wilson, travelled the state and represented her community. She recommends the competition to all young women.
As the 2018 Miss Darling Downs Showgirl Sarah Wilson, travelled the state and represented her community. She recommends the competition to all young women. Bev Lacey

The battle for the Showgirl crown heats up

SHOW season is about to start and event organisers have put a call out for young women and girls to enter the showgirl competitions.

To date the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society is short on entrants for 2019 but coordinator Angela Hamilton expects that to change soon.

"We're a bit a steady on, but they all come at the last minute,” she said.

There are three categories for in Miss Show Girl Competition: a Junior Showgirl round for girls aged 12-14 years, a Teen Showgirl round for ladies aged 15-17 and a Showgirl round for women aged 18-28.

Mrs Hamilton said the competition and resulting title duties were a great way for young women to support their community.

"It's judged on personality, a bit of general knowledge and a bit of show knowledge, and it is open to anyone that is unmarried and without children,” she said.

"At the show, the Showgirls will be involved in handing out awards, mingling with the crowd, and they be asked to judge a couple of things, normally the kindy ute show and the pet parade.”

Importantly there is a fundraising component to the competition and entrants must raise a certain amount of money for the show committee to qualify. For the adults is $500, teen $250 and juniors are $100.

Women luckily enough to win the local competition will progress to the sub-chamber finals in Toowoomba and could secure spot representing their region at the state finals in Brisbane during the Ekka.

The reigning Warwick Showgirl Sarah Wilson did just that and said it was amazing.

"My 12 months was quite full-on,” she said.

"I went to go Government House in Brisbane and the Queensland Parliament, I met the Governor and had lunch with the leader of the Queensland Opposition, Deb Frecklington”

It was at the dinner during the Ekka week that Ms Wilson lobbied the government on behalf of the Southern Downs.

"We discussed the issues we were having with the drought, we were able to have some really open conversations.”

Later in the year Ms Wilson meet with representatives from the Cairns Show Show Society and traded ideas about how to improve the Southern Downs events.

"They have on of the one of the biggest show in Queensland, it runs for three days and the grandstands are packed each day,” she said.

"To get their knowledge and experience, and an idea of where their community passion came from really stood out for me.”

The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society is keen to help entrants raise money for their nomination.

On February 3, it will hold a colour run at the Warwick showrounds.

Participants are tasked with running, walking or rolling through the event grounds while volunteers pelt them with coloured chalk powder. Show girls entrants will set up stalls on the day to sell raffle tickets and merchandise. Registration fees start at $25 for Adults, $15 children aged 5-15 years.

For more detail, or to enter the Showgirl Competition call 0438714955.