A trip down Maclean Showgirl's memory lane
THE 125th annual Maclean Agricultural Show kicks off on Tuesday. Another bumper program will ensure there is plenty to see and do for all the family across the two days including horse events in the show ring and a wide variety displays in the pavilions.
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The Wednesday night program is one not to be missed. It starts with a bang with whip cracking at 5.30pm before the official opening at 6pm and the announcement of Junior and Senior Showgirl.
Woodchopping and Agility Dogs are both 6.30pm, Rebecca Spears Dance Group at 7pm, Maclean High School Choir at 7.20pm, Youth Farmers Challenge at 7.30pm, Man From Snowy River at 8pm and Fireworks at 8.30pm.
To help get you in show-mode, we reflect on the past five Maclean Showgirl winners.
2015 - Tayla Power-Casson
TAYLAH Power-Casson, 21 from Lawrence, had eyed off the Maclean Showgirl quest for a few years. But after organisers and a workmate with some insider tips gave her the push, she didn't look back.
"I work with 2011 Grafton showgirl Madeline McDonald, and when I told her I was going to enter it, she straight away said 'Oh I'll help you'," Taylah said.
"I've always come to the shows, but I've never been involved in the agricultural side of it so that was something I really wanted to get involved with."
Taylah said she wanted to spend her time as an ambassador for the show to encourage other young women to become involved.
"I want more girls our age to come in and give it a go," she said.
"There's so much potential for it to be really great, and the whole experience has been awesome.
"For a lot of people the show is just a lot of rides, but it's much more than that - it's a real part of our community."
2014 - Rachelle Hirst
RACHELLE Hirst, 21 from Maclean, insisted she was much more comfortable in her eventing attire, but under her brimmed hat she looked every inch a showgirl.
"I think I was just surprised," Miss Hirst said.
"You never know how you're going to go, and I didn't think I'd get the title, so it's a great honour."
Hirst was heavily involved in the show scene, riding horses in showjumping and dressage events all over the country.
"I've ridden all my life," Miss Hirst said.
"It's something that I'm absolutely passionate about, and something I just love.
"I'd actually be competing here this year, except I competed at a big event in Wingham last week and the horses needed a rest."
2013 - Grace Ryan
GRACE Ryan had a particularly good reason to smile at the 2013 Maclean Agricultural Show when she was named the 2013 Maclean Showgirl, much to her surprise.
"I'm shocked, but in a good way," she laughed.
"I have to say thankyou to the other girls; any of us could have won this, and all of us would have deserved it.
"The whole of the show society does a fantastic job. I'll be proud to represent this area as the 2013 Showgirl."
2012 - Allira Farlow
ALLIRA Farlow was crowned 2012 Maclean Showgirl. Allira said she was honoured to be wearing the sash.
"It has all been a really great experience so far," she said.
Despite the rain, the two-day event still pulled the crowds.
"People from our rural communities are getting together and socialising, everybody's smiling, and there is an excellent turnout of exhibitors," Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie said in a wrap-up of the Maclean Show.
"You can't get much better than that."
2011 - Laura Towell
WHEN she was announced as the 2011 Maclean Showgirl, Laura Towell covered her mouth in shock, and then pride and exhilaration kicked in as she stepped forward to be sashed.
The 19-year-old aspiring veterinary nurse was awarded the title ahead of fellow contestants Charlotte Headon, Sigourney Hoy, Stephanie Smith and Natasha Lovell.
"I did not expect to win but it is such a great honour to be named Maclean Showgirl for 2011," she said.
Wiping tears from her eyes when she sat down after receiving her sash from the previous year's winner, Imogen Porter, Laura said she was still trying to fathom the enormity of her achievement.
"I would like to thank my family and friends. They have been such a great support," she said.
Her fellow contestants congratulated her as the reality of her next 12 months representing the district sunk in.
"I hope to do my best as a rural ambassador in representing my district in the forthcoming shows," she said.
"I would encourage girls in our district to enter future shows because it helps you grow in confidence and it sure tests your comfort zone."