Day two of the 145th Dubbo Show has been highlighted by the announcement of Josie Anderson as Miss Showgirl.
The 21-year-old beat a high-calibre field of seven other entrants to win the title, with the announcement made during the official opening of the show.
Former NSW Liberal Party leader John Brogden, who now heads up the Lifeline organisation, was among the dignitaries on stage as Miss Anderson was crowned the winner, with Isobel Humphreys claiming the runner-up title.
Miss Anderson, 21, grew up at Cobar, where she was the showgirl coordinator and part of the town’s arts council and the Festival of the Miners ghost event.
But she has moved to Dubbo, where she is embarking on an accounting traineeship with Crowe Howarth.
Other awards on the day were won by Emily Greer (Teen Showgirl) and Bec George (CAMS Rural Achiever).
Lifeline is the organisation being supported by this year’s show, and Mr Brogden was seen mingling and soaking up the atmosphere in the committee tent and around the displays area throughout the day.
Also in attendance and enjoying the hospitality of Dubbo Show Society president Chris Edwards were representatives from major sponsors Regional Australia Bank, as well as Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, businessmen Roger Fletcher and David Hayes, and former show president Graeme Board.
Saturday saw crowds flock back to the show, after Friday’s miserable weather resulted in low attendance rates at both the show and the accompanying harness racing meeting.
But the improved weather, along with the appearance of Team D-Max, the show parade and the annual fireworks display, resulted in the action picking up.
The 2018 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Show will continue on Sunday, with the event drawing to a close at 5pm