COMING down to earth after the Royal Easter Show experience, 2011 Grafton Showgirl Madeline McDonald was shocked no-one had nominated for Maclean Showgirl.
"People are going to help you, you just have to put your hand up and say you'll have a go," Miss McDonald said.
"Definitely give it a go - it can be a wonderful part of your life and you are getting involved in your local community."
The 22-year-old Grafton accountant competed with 14 other state showgirl finalists for the Royal Easter Show title.
While the top role was taken out by Jasmine Nixon of Crookwell, she was thrilled with her involvement in the Sydney event and grateful for the support of the Grafton community.
"The community was wonderfully supportive - both Grafton service clubs invited me there on raffle nights to practise public speaking and Grafton High School and McAuley Catholic College invited me to speak at their assemblies."
Friends supplied a couple of suitcases of clothes so she could be dressed in something different and special everyday.
Her week of social engagements in Sydney included a cocktail party at Government House and a visit to Westmead Children's Hospital.
"Just being at Government House was amazing as it was lovely to see the Opera House and the harbour from the garden."
During the show, finalists were busy sashing champion animals and other competitors in the myriad Royal Easter Show events, speaking at luncheons and making show visitors welcome.
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