Gabrielle Beutel
Gabrielle Beutel was selected as Wondai Show Society’s Junior Rural Ambassador for 2013

August 29, 2013

Miss Showgirl competitions are a great way for young rural women to gain poise and confidence and can be a stepping stone to much bigger things.

That’s the view of Wondai Show Society Secretary-Treasurer Liz Stewart who said she was “delighted” with the three winners of the Society’s 2013 Miss Showgirl and Junior Rural Ambassador competitions.

The judging and awards ceremony was held at the Hotel Cecil in Wondai on Wednesday night as the traditional curtain-raiser for the annual Wondai Show, which begins this Friday and concludes late on Saturday night.

“Some people think that Miss Showgirl competitions are a bit old hat but I don’t agree,” Mrs Stewart said.

“Entrants are judged on a wide range of personal qualities, and from here they can go on to regional, State and national events, have amazing experiences and achieve great things.

“Over the last 12 months I’ve seen last year’s competition winners grow visibly in poise and confidence, and that’s a really wonderful thing.

“I hope more girls consider entering in the future.”

Mrs Stewart also praised the hard work of Show Society committee member Joanne Evans for organising this year’s competition, and thanked judges Tracy Robinson, Gaye Hobbs and Gary Sewell for assessing this year’s contestants.

This year’s winners were:

  • Jessica George, who holds a Certificate III in Business Administration & Hospitality and whose ambition is to be successful in business and get further involved in the community – Miss Wondai Showgirl 2013.
  • Amanda Weber, who holds a Certificate III in Agriculture and has shown cattle at local shows and the Ekka, and who enjoys swimming and disability care – Miss Wondai Showgirl Runner-Up.
  • Gabrielle Beutel, who also holds a Certificate III in Agriculture but still attends school, is active in St John’s Ambulance and who hopes one day to become a vet – Junior Rural Ambassador 2013.

All three were sashed by Master of Ceremonies Gil Smith and presented with a suite of prizes supplied by this year’s Miss Wondai Showgirl quest sponsors: Wondai Pharmacy, Wondai News, Wondai Taxi, Tranquillity and Soul, the Wondai & District Garden Club, Liz’s Perfume & Make-Up, Visual Image Hair & Beauty Salon and the Hotel Cecil.

The winners will perform their first official duties on Saturday when they appear at the show’s judgings from 8:30am onwards.

At 2:00pm, Miss Showgirl will be conveyed in a carriage in the Grand Parade.

Amanda Weber
Wondai’s 2013 Miss Showgirl Runner-Up Amanda Weber …

Jessica George
… and Wondai’s 2013 Miss Showgirl Jessica George
Richard and Edna O'Neill
South Burnett Sub-Chamber representative Richard O’Neill and his wife Edna were special guests at the Miss Showgirl awards night
Liz Stewart, Gary Sewell, Tracy Robinson and Gaye Hobbs
Wondai Show Society Secretary Liz Stewart thanks this year’s judges: Gary Sewell (Bunya Realty), Tracy Robinson (Wondai News) and Gaye Hobbs (Hobbs & Associates Chartered Accountants)
Gil Smith, Ros Heit and Luke Radunz
Master of Ceremonies Gil Smith (Burnett Building Consultants) with Division 6 candidate Ros Heit and Luke Radunz (DataWave Internet and Computers)

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