TAYLAH Power-Casson says that even if her name wasn't called in the middle of the ring at last year's Maclean Show, the showgirl experience would have been worth it.

"The opportunity of running for and becoming showgirl helps to open your eyes to more in your own community," she said.

"You get to know more people that live around and experience things you never thought to do, just by helping out and volunteering."

Miss Power-Casson said in the lead up to the show, she learnt a lot about what local primary industries support the community and more information about the show, something she has carried through the year.

"As part of it I've been able to help out at the working dog trials and also at the rodeo," she said.

"I live in Coffs Harbour now, but this gives me the opportunity to come home, and give back to the community that support me growing up. It feels really good."

Winner of 2015 Maclean showgirl Taylah Power-Casson of Lawrence after the announcement at the show.
Winner of 2015 Maclean showgirl Taylah Power-Casson of Lawrence after the announcement at the show. Adam Hourigan

Showgirl coordinator, and 2000 Maclean Showgirl herself Endessa Schrader said the competition gave young girls aged from 18-25 the opportunity not only to gain more confidence, but gain a real connection to the rural community.

"We're looking for someone with a good community knowledge who can represent the show and take our message out - it could even be as far as the Sydney Royal," Mrs Schrader said.

"There are great prizes, great friends to make from it.

This year the show will add a junior showgirl section for girls aged 15-18 years, with both to be crowned as part of the opening ceremony, which this year will be held on Wednesday April 13 at 6pm.

Entries close at the end of March, and more information is available from Endessa at Endessa's Beauty Spot in Maclean, or contact her on 0428 476 306.

 



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