Alstonvilles Heather Gilles, 16, isnt one bit nervous about this weekends Alstonville Showgirl competition. She first entered the Junior Miss Showgirl as a seven-year-old, then again at age 12, and this year is hoping to win the Miss Showgirl 14-18 year age group.
Its a fantastic experience and its certainly not just about winning, said Heather. You really get used to speaking and presenting yourself in public, which I think is an important thing.
Heather is no stranger to Show life. She is the jam steward at this years Alstonville Agricultural Show, her mother is chief steward and a member of the pavillion committee while her sister, Robyn, is an entrant in the senior Showgirl section.
Family is the theme of this years show with a focus on all-ages entertainment that wont break your bank balance.
We reckon its the best agriculture show in the area and were not biased, said publicity officer Bob Wilson, and its only $20 for a family pass, which includes two adults and four children, so thats pretty good value.
Besides the Showgirl competition this years Show features more than a few firsts, including fireworks on both nights, mechanical surfboard rides, and a celebrity mechanical bull ride where you can watch well-known locals fall on their butts in the name of charity.
Ballina MP Don Page, 2LMs Neil Marks, local doctor Paul Earner and Anne Clarke from Radio FM 88.9 have all put their hands up to ride the mechanical bull, and anyone else is welcome to have a go.
Hay stacking and tug-of-war events will allow families and clubs to form teams and compete while the Fiddlers Dance Band will provide entertainment from 5-8pm on the Saturday night.
Sideshow attractions include the ghost train, bungee jumping, mini motor cross bikes and much more, and of course it wouldnt be an agricultural show without the horse events, cattle and poultry judging.
The Alstonville Agricultural Show is on this Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, at the Alstonville Showgrounds. Plenty of free parking is available.
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