MISS SHOWGIRL: Monto's 2017 Miss Showgirl Rachel Black, with runner-up Ashleigh-Rose Rollings  and organiser Breanna Hockey.
MISS SHOWGIRL: Monto's 2017 Miss Showgirl Rachel Black, with runner-up Ashleigh-Rose Rollings and organiser Breanna Hockey. Jack Lawrie

Miss Showgirl shares positive vibes

ON SUNDAY, at the Monto District Show Society High Tea, the town saw the crowning of its new Miss Showgirl, Rachel Black.

The 20-year-old has lived in Monto all her life and works as an infrastructure support officer at Banana Regional Council.

"I'm honoured. I've lived in Monto all my life, born and bred,” Ms Black said.

"I was approached and asked if I'd be interested in doing it and I've never done anything like this before, so I thought it would be something different.”

Though she was initially nervous at the prospect of being judged by the community she had grown up in, Ms Black was honest and open.

On Sunday at 11am, before the high tea started, she and her opponent, Monto State Primary School teacher Ashleigh-Rose Rollings, were asked a series of questions about the town in order to gauge their suitability for the task.

One such question was: "What is your favourite aspect of the town,” to which Ms Black answered "the people”.

"I've been very blessed to grow up here and experience that,” she said.

The high tea proved to be a fun afternoon for attendees, with good food and tea on offer.

An entertaining spectacle came from the Miss Showgirl nominees answering fun novelty questions before the crowd, such as: "What flavour ice cream would you be?”

When it came time for the announcement, last year's Miss Showgirl, Taylah Steger, stepped up to offer some advice to the nominees.

"All I can say is just be yourself, have a breath and just have fun and make new friends,” Ms Steger said.

There was also a serious talk given by guest speaker Kallee Buchanan, ABC Wide Bay rural reporter, who spoke to the crowd about the importance of sharing rural community issues, which she said came from personal experience.

"I can only tell stories I know about. If you are sitting around wondering why nobody talks about that thing that really matters to you, you should share it,” Ms Buchanan said.

The Monto Show is happening this weekend, taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the showgrounds.


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