STOCK feed might be disappearing, water supplies are drying up and crops are struggling to stay alive – but the show will go on according to the Tamworth Pastoral and Agricultural Society – with high hopes of another good year.
A week out from the 2014 Tamworth Show and it’s the more feminine side of the show society that is first up putting a happy face on the world. Six young women are carrying the flag in the competition – and in another nod to modern maidens, the showgirl quest has dropped the “Miss” from its title. The girls – Michelle Lewington, Tara Burns, Rachelle Good-Neilsen, Madeline Lang, Brydie Everson and Sarah Haywood – come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences but all believe it’s a great ambassadorial program that gets them involved with more people and more practical ways of promoting the show spirit.
This year’s show will also see a junior showgirl division – with organisers looking to a new generation of involvement. The junior showgirl competition has been well supported by local high schools, including Peel High, which has provided seven of the 14 entrants.
Prestige car dealer Audi has backed the showgirls with sponsorship this year. They’ve all been sashed and the winners will be announced at the opening ceremony of the Tamworth Show on the cattle lawn of the showground on Saturday, March 29.
The 2014 Tamworth Showgirl wins a trip to New Zealand and $500 spending money.
The two-day show kicks off next Friday with the traditional carnival atmosphere, including a sideshow alley, ring events, livestock judging, pavilion displays, a rodeo and other entertainment.