Show time for the Stewart family
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
TWO generations of showgirls, Kathryn Stewart and daughters Deanna and Melanie, will take part in the 140th Grafton show.
Mrs Stewart, of South Grafton, is organising a reunion of showgirls from 1966 on.
The showgirls have been invited to dust off their sashes to take part in 40-year reunion during Grafton Show on May 5 and 6.
Mrs Stewart won in 1975, daughter Deanna, 22, in 2003 and Melanie, 19, faxed her entry form to the Grafton Show Society yesterday.
"It will do Melanie's confidence the world of good," Mrs Stewart said.
"That is what it is all about, networking and meeting people and gaining confidence."
She said only seven Grafton showgirls had won the zone competition, none had gone out to win Sydney Royal Showgirl title.
"It is frustrating because Grafton has sent some excellent girls," Mrs Stewart said.
She said she had 'tracked down 99 per cent' of the former showgirls.
"A lot can't find their sash or it is beyond repair," Mrs Stewart said.
"They will be presented with a special rosette."
The reunion will include a cocktail party at the Grafton Showground Barn.
Yesterday Wesley Uniting Employment manager Robert Ulrick donated $4050 to the show, which will go towards the fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday nights.
Wesley United is under the umbrella of Wesley Mission, which is family orientated church," Mr Ulrick said.
Grafton Show secretary Anne de Graaf said the woodchopping and fireworks would be held over the two days for the first time.
Mrs de Graaf said reknowned bush poet Ray Essery, 'horse magician' Frank Green and stunt motorcycle riders would also perform.
She said the Grafton Show flag would be reintroduced to mark 140 years.
"It is one of the oldest shows in the country," Mrs de Graaf said.
"Which is amazing for a little town like Grafton."