IT TOOK Taylah Steger a few seconds to process what had happened when she was announced the 2016 Monto Miss Showgirl.

"I wasn't in it to win it, I was in it for experience and friendship," she said.

"It was just such a lovely experience and it has boosted my confidence a lot."

A component of the process was a public question and answer session.

The 18-year-old was asked, if she could have dinner with anyone, who would it be, and she did not hesitate in her answer, picking her great-grandmother.

"I do really want to have dinner with my great-grandmother, she's such an inspiration with her writing and everything," Miss Steger said.

But the hardest part of the competition was something else.

"Standing and walking around in heels all day: I'm definitely not a heels girl," she said.

Competing alongside Miss Steger were Tia Netz and Jessika Brown.

Though the girls were rivals for the day, their friendship made it an occasion to remember.

"We laughed all day, we talked about the judging and everything," Miss Steger said.

They are all 18 years old and graduated together from Monto State High School last year.

Miss Netz was named runner-up.

Judging the entrants were Dot Hamilton, Amanda Hinds and the 2015 Burnett sub-branch Miss Showgirl Bonnie Coolee.

Miss Coolee said the judging between the girls was so tough that a third interview round was introduced.

She had tips for Miss Steger going forward in her journey.

"Be yourself, be open and bubbly, hold yourself well, conduct yourself well, work on public speaking and smile always," she said.

Despite no Rural Ambassador entires, the showgirl entries meant the showgirl tradition in Monto continued for another year.

"The aim of the showgirl quest is to promote and sustain youth involvement in agricultural shows throughout Queensland," Miss Coolee said.


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