PHOTOS: Murgon Show lifts hope in drought
THE 2017 Murgon showgirl said the Murgon Show would lift the spirits of farmers in the region suffering in the drought.
Madeline Rockemer was announced as Miss Showgirl during the grand opening of the show on Saturday.
"I think the show helps emotionally, everyone gets out and talks,” she said.
"It's a big catch up and people get to debrief with each other.
"It's really good for times like these.”
The 19-year-old works at her parents' property near Tansey, mustering cattle and working with horses.
She also works as a hairdresser.
"It has been pretty dry, we're getting low on water,” she said.
"It's a green drought, it's hit and miss, there are dams empty but there are other places with full dams.
"It depends on whether you're under the rain. It all comes down to that.”
Miss Rockemer said despite the drought, her property was in an "alright” position.
"We're doing pretty well,” she said.
"We just need a bit more water.”
She said achieving the showgirl position was a boost for her. "And after the rain the other day things are looking up,” she said.
"The show just means everyone can have fun and take time off and think about something different.”
25-year-old Nathan Limpus, who was announced as the rural ambassador, echoed Miss Rockemer's comments.
"It's a privilege to be here and help people today as it is a hard time in the South Burnett at the moment,” Mr Limpus said.
"Hopefully things will start to look good again.”
Mr Limpus, an agriculture assistant at Murgon State High School, said he felt good to receive the position.
"I wouldn't trade it for the world really,” he said.
"The show is very important as it brings a lot more revenue back into the community and makes people get together again and help those that are drought stricken.” Mr Limpus said he also ran a property.
"We have cattle, a few cross breeds, Droughtmasters and Angus,” he said.
"It's going pretty well and we're looking at getting a bigger property and more head.
"We'd like to expand our property and just get a bit bigger, our family as well.”
Miss Rockemer said the show was a big part of her life. "I just love all of it, I've never had a bad day at a show,” she said.
She had been attending the Murgon show for as long as she could remember.
"I grew up in Murgon, I was here for primary school and then moved to Goomeri,” she said.
"I still remember when I was putting little drawings in from primary school, I did that a lot.”
Miss Rockemer said she was "pretty shocked” to receive the title of Miss Showgirl.
"I didn't know what to do when my name was read out,” she said.
"I don't know what to expect from the role, but I know I've still got to compete in a few more events.”
She said the show was very important to the town.
"We need to keep it going and keep the tradition there,” she said.