Fiona’s dirty work for Showgirl title
WHILE preparing for the Zone gala dinner would involve a spraytan for most, Fiona Green is much more impressed with her sock tan.
"And my singlet tan," she laughed. "It shows that I'm a worker."
Miss Green is the 2015 Grafton Showgirl, and will compete against 16 other showgirls tonight, including local Maclean Showgirl Taylah Power-Casson, and has a pedigree that stands her in good stead.
"I'm the third generation to grow up on a dairy farm - we had 130 dairy cows at Swan Creek," she said.
"I worked in retail for six years, and then into aged care, but I'm back on the land now driving tractors with my partner doing bailing contracting."
And an average day at work doesn't fall into business hours.
"We did about 600 bales the other day," she said. "On an average day, you wake up at 5.30am and you're lucky to get to bed by 1am."
Miss Green said the Grafton Show has been an important part of her family's life, only missing the event a few times.
"And the times we did miss it, it was because we were milking cows," she laughed.
"But to be the Grafton Showgirl is a real honour, and it's a way to give back to the committee and the show society."
Miss Green said she had gained a lot from the experience, and encouraged others to join this year.
"Before I did Showgirl I had stage fright, and through this I've started being able to talk in public," she said.
"It's a great experience for young women who want to have confidence within themselves, and better self esteem."
The Zone 1 Showgirl dinner being held at The Barn at the Grafton Showground this year coincides with the 150th anniversary in 2016 of the Grafton Show.
The winners from Zone 1, which stretches from Taree to Woodenbong, will join other finalists from across the state at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.