North Coast's 2010 showgirl
ALYSON ELLIOTT can’t remember her first North Coast National.
Like birthdays and Christmas, it’s just one of those good things that happens every year and, like birthdays and Christmas, she’s never missed one.
Last night, the 125th North Coast National went down as Ms Elliott’s best ever Lismore Show when the 20-year-old South Gundurimba resident was named the 2010 showgirl. Emily Cox was named runner-up.
The chance to represent the region at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show was pretty cool, but that wasn’t why Ms Elliott entered. Nor was it about boosting her career or having a princess moment as the winning sash was draped over her shoulders before a cheering crowd.
“If you wanted ‘princess’ you’d go for Miss Universe. It’s about the honour of representing the North Coast National,” she said.
Ms Elliott said the power of the North Coast National was in its ability to help build the community by bringing together people from a broad mix of backgrounds and interests as participants in the event.
Ms Elliott, a second-year hairdressing apprentice at Shartan Hair Studio in Lismore, understands the show’s ability to draw people together from first-hand experience. Both she and her father are keen horse enthusiasts and compete in the show every time it runs a camp draft competition.
North Coast A&I Society president John Gibson said the showgirl competition remained a core part of the North Coast National.
The event had been running since the early 1960s and had evolved alongside a show that had grown in both size and variety to take in all sections of the community.
Mr Gibson said the showgirl competition still didn’t attract the number of entrants it once did, but those that did take the leap were often surprised at how rewarding the experience was.
“It (the showgirl competition) celebrates our youth,” he said.