Represent Gatton in style

The Gatton Show Society is actively looking for enthusiastic candidates to fill the positions of Rural Ambassador and Showgirl for their upcoming show season. Picture: GATTON SHOW SOCIETY

The Gatton Show Society is on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to take on the roles of Rural Ambassador and Showgirl for their upcoming show season.

The positions offer a fantastic networking opportunity and stepping stone for young people looking to develop their agriculture knowledge and leadership skills and learn the ins and outs of their local show.

Gatton Show Society Next Gen committee member Clare Webster represented the town as Showgirl in 2013 and said the role had since opened the door to unique opportunities to network with incredible people within the ag community.

“The competition gave me a lot of great opportunities,” she said.

“I’ve been a vice president, I’ve been on the management committee, I’ve been on state Next Gen committees.

“It opened up the door because both the Showgirl and the rural ambassador competition are at a state-level competition.

“The rural ambassador goes on to a national competition, so depending on how far you progress, you certainly get to make connections with people within your area or within other areas of the state.”

Mrs Webster said entrants did not need to come from an agricultural background and that it was a great chance to make a difference and encourage positive change while having fun.

“I certainly didn’t come from an ag background, but entering the competition was really helpful,” she said.

“It’s great for people like myself who grew up in small farming communities who didn’t necessarily have a direct connection.

“I have family members who are on the land, but I didn’t grow up on the land, so it’s a good way to learn about those things and get involved in a community event.

“The point of this competition is to help the individual grow, so we’re certainly here to help our entrants and give them the information they need for the judging process.”

Entries for positions close on 15 June, with the entry age range being 18-28 for Showgirls and 20-29 for Rural Ambassadors.

If you or anyone you know would like to get involved, contact Gatton Show Society via Facebook or email: gattonshownextgen@gmail.com

Visit the Gatton Show Society website for an application form.