Goondiwindi's Michelle wins top showgirl gong at Ekka
YOUNG people will keep our agricultural show tradition going strong.
That's the message from Miss Showgirl 2015 Michelle Mesner.
The insurance sales rep from Goondiwindi won the title at the Ekka in Brisbane on Friday.
The bachelor of agribusiness student represents the Darling Downs and said young people across Queensland were determined to keep their shows alive.
"I don't think youth interest is waning," Miss Mesner said.
"In the Darling Downs area there's a very strong presence.
"The shows are something they're really passionate about and they're happy to get involved.
"That's the biggest thing with young people - anyone who is passionate will find their way to get involved."
Ms Mesner said she was ecstatic to receive the title.
"I was completely overwhelmed," she said.
"It still hasn't sunk in for me yet.
"It's all a bit surreal.
"I think it's the greatest opportunity I can be offered as a young woman."
Ms Mesner will soon be a familiar face on Queensland's show scene.
"I plan to visit as many shows as I can over the coming year," she said.
"I'm looking forward to being a good representative and a good role model for our region and our communities and to promote the fundamental link between the food on our plate and the farmers in our paddocks."