August 30, 2019
Wondai Show officials had their wishes granted this week when the region was dusted by its first light rainfall in weeks.
It was enough to dampen down the dust, freshen everything up and ensure the Wondai Showgrounds will look their best for this year’s main Show Day on Saturday.
Another wish that was granted was a bumper roll-up for the Miss Wondai Showgirl, Junior Miss Showgirl, Rural Ambassador and Junior Rural Ambassador competition.
This year seven candidates put up their hands for the roles.
Judges Winston and Margaret Burrows and Trish Morris interviewed all the applicants at the annual presentation dinner last Sunday night, and admitted they faced their most difficult selection decision in many years.
After much deliberation, they chose Shania Weier as Miss Showgirl, Grace Thompson as Junior Miss Showgirl, Kalila Grevell as Rural Ambassador and Riley Hood as Junior Rural Ambassador.
The four will help with the Show’s official opening at 1:00pm on Saturday, and afterwards will escort guests to the Show’s invitation-only official afternoon tea at 3:15pm.
The judges also congratulated Eliza Thompson, Olivia Eriksen and Romana Ricketts for putting up their hands for positions, and urged them to continue doing so in future.
Wondai’s Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador will go on to compete against other South Burnett Miss Showgirls and Rural Ambassadors at the South Burnett’s sub-chamber finals next year.
The winners of that competition will go on to the 2020 Ekka to represent the South Burnett in the State titles; and winners at the Ekka then go on to represent Queensland in the national finals against other Australian states.
After the awards were announced, all entrants were given prizes courtesy of the competition’s sponsors: Wondai Pharmacy, Tranquility and Soul and the Wondai and District Garden Club.
Greg Day, who compered the evening, said he was very impressed with not only the entrants but also with the roll-up for this year’s other Show competitions, particularly the stud beef and dairy sections.
“We expect at least 140 entries in the stud beef competition, something between 20 to 25 in the dairy cattle, over 400 in the poultry section and more than 200 in the champion dog show,” Greg said.
“Considering the drought we have at the moment, this is an incredible roll-up and I think we may be seeing our biggest Show yet.”
Gates will open at 8:00am on Saturday and close late on Saturday night.
Admission to either day is $10 for adults, $6 for high school students and pensioners and $2 for primary school students (preschoolers are free).