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October 19, 2021

Male ‘showgirl’ entrants a first for Mullumbimby Show

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‘It was so lovely having the boys competing this year,’ said MC Ellen Briggs who had interviewed them all the the recent Agricultural Show Dinner as part of the judging. 

‘They brought a whole new element to the competition.’

None-the-less the winner of the junior competition was one of the girls,Amanda Bower, who took out the $200 prize and who will be heading to the zone finals. 

‘It was really fun,’ said one of the boys who had entered. 

‘I will definitely be going in it again next year and I hope to win.’

The senior competition entrants didn’t receive any male entries this year but the Mullumbimby Show Society are hoping they might get some next year with a $500 prize and entry into the zone competition for the winner. Entrants were Tegan Van Den Berg and Zoe Wandell, runner up was Kassandra Sheaffe and this years winner was Amber Cordell-Mollet. 

‘I was quite surprised when I had been nominated to be a show girl, I didn’t think it would have been something I would have put myself forward to do,’ said Amber. 

‘But when the Main Arm fire brigade, the Main Arm community and especially Marianne who runs the Main Arm shop encouraged me to do it I thought that this would be a great opportunity to increase awareness for what volunteers do for our community, myself being a volunteer firefighter. 

‘Coming from a background that was not formed in Mullumbimby, my parents joined the hippy movement to Mullum in the 80’s, I’m glad to know that I’ve managed to put my own roots into this area. It was a great surprise to win the competition and I am now off to Wauchope to represent our beautiful rural town in February.’

Key delights for many of the parents and children at the show were the delightful ducklings, chicks, rabbits and miniature donkey that they got to enjoy at the petting zoo. 

‘We just want to say a huge thank you to the community for their support, especially on the Saturday with all the rain,’ said Tanja Branson, Mullumbimby Show secretary. 

‘Our ticket sales were up on last year. Unfortunately due to recents changes in the weather the fruit and vegetable and flower exhibitors were down but the quality was exceptional. The champion exhibit of Show within the pavilion display was Yos Worth’s orchid.’

Sunday saw the working dogs exhibit which delighted the crowd who were they treated to the Freestyle MotoX stunt show and demolition derby to finish off the weekend.

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