Jessica Thompson has been named the 2009 Maclean Showgirl.
Jessica Thompson has been named the 2009 Maclean Showgirl. The Daily Examiner

Jessica takes Showgirl crown

THE rain stayed away for most of yesterday which allowed Maclean showgoers to enjoy themselves on day two of the annual exhibition.

The woodchopping event was the only casualty, called off for safety reasons, due to heavy rain which fell before 9am.

Even before you stepped foot inside the showground gates, the music blaring from the speakers signalled sideshow alley was open for business.

At 2pm, Jessica Thompson, of Townsend, was announced Miss Showgirl. The 18-year-old receptionist has lived on the Lower Clarence since she was five and doesn't ever want to move away. She said she entered the event after her friend, Leena, decided to take part.

Crowds gathered again yesterday to watch the horse competitions and championship dog show.

Peter Lee, from the Maclean Poultry Club, was kept busy looking after the 220 chickens on display. He said the quality of the poultry at the Maclean Show was comparable to anywhere in Australia.

Mr Lee said the silky and pekins were always popular with children because of their temperament and looks.

It was harder to find a busier exhibition yesterday than Steve McEwan's Reptile World. Dozens of people stood around in awe as the seemingly fearless handler allowed deadly brown and black snakes to move around his feet at will.

At just on dusk, families were beginning to move into the showground in large numbers.

Many were there for sideshow alley, some for the showbags, most for both. Showgoers were also looking forward to the fireworks and, for the first time, a demolition derby.

Teenage mates - Ben Irvine, Jeffrey Murray and Rohan Hodgson - were in for the long haul.

They arrived at 2pm and weren't leaving until the show was well and truly over. The boys were particularly looking forward to the demolition derby, in which Rohan's brother had entered.

The woodchop was the only casualty.



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