Erin crowned our Showgirl
THE Coffs Harbour Showgirl sash has been bestowed for another new year, but it hasn't gone far.
On Saturday, Boambee resident Erin Jackson was named the winner of this year's Coffs Harbour Showgirl competition - reclaiming the title for a second consecutive year.
The 20-year-old said it was an honour to receive the title, but admitted it had come as a "bit of surprise."
"I didn't know much about the competition before I took part last year but it's a great experience," she said.
"I am quite shy by nature and find it hard to speak in front of people so this experience was well out of my comfort zone and made me push myself and achieve new things."
The competition is designed to highlight the importance of youth in rural Australia and Erin's knowledge of rural issues and of the Coffs Harbour Show Society gave her the winning edge.
Erin said securing the Miss Showgirl ribbon would give her the opportunity to further promote the agricultural industry, something she feels very passionate about.
"It's a great way to become more involved in the community," she said.
"I'd definitely recommend it to other young ladies - it gives you more confidence and it's a great learning experience."
The three-step judging process for the competition included an interview by a panel of three judges, a cocktail party where contestants met local dignitaries and answered a question on stage and Saturday's grand parade where the winner was announced.
Erin's fellow contestants were Taylor Shone and Ellen Robinson.
Zara Saxby, 13, also won the junior category and Kaitlyn Bland, 15, won the teenage category.
Finding time between studying veterinary nursing and hobbies including horse-riding, Erin's focus now turns to the Zone Showgirl competition that will be held in Grafton in February next year.
The Judges for the Coffs Harbour Showgirl competition were previous showgirl winner Jessica Wilson, Good Price Pharmacy manager Krisa Lunn and showgirl organiser Mel Crossland.
Sponsors were Good Price Pharmacy, Le Dain Designs TAFE hair and makeup department and Garden Mania.