Sarah steals the show
By TOBY WALKER
BARBECUES sizzled, some roosters looked frizzled and shrieks of delight filled the air at the Maclean Showgrounds yesterday on a majestic autumn day.
It was on for young and old at the Maclean Show's big day and the young and the old certainly turned out for a day in the sunshine.
In the grandstand you could find people resting their legs and taking in events like the woodchopping and horse competitions, but the younger feet were mainly found pounding the dust in sideshow alley.
Stomach-churning rides like the 'Shock Wave' were popular with those who hadn't already stuffed themselves with dagwood dogs, fairy floss and all the other treats that only seem to become available at showtime.
Nineteen-year-old Sarah-Jaye Dwyer was the star of the day after being named the winner of the showgirl competition in an early afternoon ceremony.
She spent the rest of the afternoon being congratulated by the friendly crowd as she walked around the showgrounds in her winner's sash ? that is after she got over the shock of winning. Maclean born and bred, Ms Dwyer said she entered the competition to develop her public speaking skills but received added encouragement by her workmates at the Harwood Hotel.
"The ladies at work thought it would be a very good thing if I went in the competition because I want to be a lawyer and if I want to do that then I need to learn how to speak in public well," she said.
But when it came time to give a winning speech, Sarah admitted to a bout of nerves.
"I've been nervous about it since Sunday," she said.
Sarah wasn't the only member of her family to win on the day.
Her cousin Lucinda took out several prizes in the horse showing competitions earlier in the day.