2015 Junior Rural Ambassador Amber Spicer, 2015 Miss Wondai Showgirl Caitlin Routledge and Miss Showgirl Runner-Up Georgia Hebblewhite at Wednesday night’s inauguration ceremony

August 21, 2015

The Wondai Show Society kicked off its annual Show celebrations a week early on Wednesday night with the judging and sashing of Miss Wondai Showgirl and Junior Rural Ambassador for 2015.

Caitlin Routledge, from the Wondai Newsagency, is this year’s Miss Wondai Showgirl; Georgia Hebblewhite, a Murgon High School student who wants to study law at the University of the Sunshine Coast is Miss Showgirl Runner-Up; and Amber Spicer, a Year 10 Murgon High student who one day hopes to have a career in primary school teaching, is this year’s Junior Rural Ambassador.

The three girls are the latest representatives in a tradition that stretches back 92 years to the first Wondai Show Queen and Princess, who were selected in 1923.

Judges Chris Radunz, Mike Phillips and Gaye Hobbs put the five entrants in this year’s competition through their paces before announcing the three winners at a special function held at the Cecil Hotel.

While judging took place, compere Noel Selway entertained guests with a brief history of the competition, which began with Show Queens and Princesses before it morphed into Miss Showgirl in 1983, and for a few decades also included a “Mrs Wondai”.

The winners were sashed by Cecil Hotel licencee Paul Anderton, assisted by former Miss Proston Showgirl Cr Kathy Duff.

All the entrants were given a bouquet, and the three winners also received a suite of prizes supplied by this year’s Miss Wondai Showgirl quest sponsors: Wondai Pharmacy, Wondai News, The Cecil Hotel, Tranquillity and Soul, Sasswear, The Look and the Wondai & District Garden Club.

Wondai Show Society secretary-treasurer Noreen Brier said she was “very excited” about this year’s show, which will get underway next Friday, August 28 with a dog show, the judging of pavilion entries and the Young Judges and Handlers competition.

However the main day, as always, will be Saturday.

Gates will open at 8:30am and organisers promise there’ll be something for everyone.

As well as produce displays, arts and crafts, photography and machinery, there’ll be sideshow alley, spinning and weaving demonstrations, woodcrafting, and a full range of agricultural competitions including chainsaw racing.

There’ll also be a big roll-up of cattle, an expanded ring program and the long-anticipated return of woodchopping competitions, which this year will be overseen by Australian tree-felling champion Bryan Wagner.

Look for a full outline of this year’s Wondai Show in southburnett.com.au next week.

Miss Wondai Showgirl Caitlin Routledge shares a joke with quest co-organiser Noel Selway; Noel also told guests about the history of the competition, which appears to have started in 1923
Cecil Hotel licencee Paul Anderton presented the awards to this year’s winners
1981 Miss Proston Showgirl Cr Kathy Duff, at right, had a few tips to share
This year’s Miss Showgirl judges were Christine Radunz, from Dan’s Diner; Mike Phillips, from Wondai Pharmacy; and Gaye Hobbs, from Hobbs & Associates Accountants
Wondai’s Bianca Wenck, mum Gayle and Rural Ambassador entrant Tamara McLean
Wondai’s Rosa and Peter Biltoft came along to represent the Wondai & District Garden Club

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