BRONTE Gavey’s long association with country shows will continue after she was crowned the 2018/19 Oberon Showgirl at a dinner held last Saturday.
Ms Gavey, from O'Connell, who accompanied her grandmother to shows for many years as she manned CWA stalls, will now represent Oberon at the zone finals.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz congratulated all the entrants at the dinner held at the Oberon Showground, saying it was heartwarming to see such confident and special young women acting as ambassadors and role models for the Oberon community.
"At a very young age, it's very difficult to put yourself forward and to speak publicly,” she said.
“You are all winners. It must have been a very difficult decision for the judges to select a winner from such an outstanding group of young women."
The other entrants were Fiona Alamyar, Chloe Sheppard and Alexandra Sikima.
The master of ceremonies and speaker on the night was Lyndsey Douglas, a former Condobolin Showgirl, zone finalist in 2008, Sydney Royal Easter Show runner-up in 2009 and Royal Agricultural Society NSW Rural Achiever in 2014.
Ms Douglas said she was proud to be part of the showgirl competition as it had given her confidence and a knowledge of rural NSW.
Judges Kevin Hillsdon, Ms Douglas, Glenys Newstead and Bruce Webb congratulated the girls and said it was a very difficult job to choose between the four entrants.
Oberon Showgirl co-ordinator and dinner organiser, Kate Bird, put in a huge effort to decorate the hall and prepare the girls for judging.
"The dinner showcased Oberon's finest fare – from lamb to vegetables, breads and cheese,” she said. “It was all a local affair with school students and former showgirls helping with the serving and preparation."
Mrs Bird said she wanted to thank all who donated to make the night such a success.
When asked what the show society should do to improve the Oberon Show, Ms Gavey suggested a community stage where local schools, talent groups and individuals could perform and entertain showgoers.
"I look forward to representing Oberon at the zone finals," she said.