GIVING BACK: Rural Ambassador Brianna Hockey and Miss Showgirl Clare Webb.
GIVING BACK: Rural Ambassador Brianna Hockey and Miss Showgirl Clare Webb. Susie McLaughlin Photography

Faces of Monto Show unveiled at High Tea

WHAT do a solicitor and a project manager have in common?

They will both be representing Monto as the Show Society's 2019 Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassadors.

Miss Showgirl Clare Webb, 22, and Rural Ambassador, Brianna Hockey, 29, were presented at a high tea in the Showgrounds Pavilion on Sunday afternoon attended by more than 70 people.

Ms Hockey, a solicitor with Thynne + Macartney in Brisbane, has remained involved with the Show Society since representing Monto and the Burnett as its Miss Showgirl in 2010.

"The show is an event that's integral to rural communities and it doesn't happen without the involvement of a lot of volunteers, we're always looking for more helpers,” Ms Hockey said.

"The Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador awards expose young people to a higher level of involvement within the show. If it's something they identify with then it's the perfect way to start that conversation.”

Born and raised in Monto, Ms Hockey said it was a privilege to represent Monto.

She said she has gained far more from volunteering and her association with the show than she can ever hope to give back, which drives her continued involvement.

Ms Webb, meanwhile, has recently returned to the Monto district to take up a position as Project Manager for Goondicum Pastoral Company and the Goondicum Research Foundation after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Animal Husbandry and Production.

"I've always considered (applying for Miss Showgirl),” Ms Webb said.

"It's such a lovely little town, a great community atmosphere.”

Ms Webb said, with one-and-a-half weeks until "D-Day”, there is a real buzz around Monto, with displays in shop windows and other preparations ramping up.

She said many people chipped in to make the high tea a special day.

"Monto's so special like that, when something needs doing everyone gets together to get the job done,” she said.

Aside from the presentation of the show society's two ambassadors, the high tea also featured a make your own flower crown activity, with amateur florists of all ages crafting floral headpieces.

Monto's own expert florist, Peggy McInally, was on hand to offer advice and generously donated the blooms for the event enabling the crowd to take away a memento from the afternoon.

Monto Show is on the weekend of April 27-28.


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