2011 Grafton Showgirl Madeline McDonald simply couldn’t wipe the smile off her face after being sashed at the opening ceremony of the Grafton Show.
2011 Grafton Showgirl Madeline McDonald simply couldn’t wipe the smile off her face after being sashed at the opening ceremony of the Grafton Show.

Showgirl takes Grafton up a level

MADELINE McDonald’s nerves really hit her when she took her first step out into the show ring at the Grafton Agricultural Show; however those butterflies quickly disappeared once she was announced the 2011 Grafton Showgirl.

“It was a very anxious wait in the week between the one-on-one interview part of the competition and when the winner was announced,” Madeline said.

“I was just excited to see which one of us won, even if it wasn’t me. I am very proud to hold the title though.”

Through her involvement with the Grafton Agricultural Show Society, Madeline hopes to take the show to the next level.

“I have been involved with horses since before I can remember and have had the opportunity to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Melbourne Royal Show as well as the Brisbane Ekka,” she said.

“I hope to bring the knowledge I have gained through those experiences to the Grafton show to bring it forward.”

Now that she has the title grasped firmly in her hands, Madeline is now looking forward to continuing to meet new people at the zone finals which will be held next year.

And she doesn’t plan on going in to the next stage of the competition unarmed.

“I think it is a real honour to be chosen to represent Grafton on what is potentially a high level,” she said.

“So I plan to research as much as I can on the local area.

“I also learnt some interesting new things about the farming of goats and alpacas on the weekend, so I want to look a little deeper into that as well.”



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