Zone showgirls gather at Taree

TAYLA Maloney from Casino and Melanie Loomes from Alstonville have been selected to represent zone 1 at the Royal Easter Showgirl competition in Sydney.

The two young women were selected from a field of 15 finalists on Saturday at a special function hosted at the Winning Post Function Centre by the Taree Show Society.

Among the zone finalists was 2013 Taree Showgirl Brooke Yarnold.

Judges, Andrew Marshall from The Land Newspaper, David Williams from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW and Susan Bower, the Singleton Showgirl 2001, heard from all 15 women on a range of topics, including their earlier life, their hobbies and what they would like for the future of Australia.

They also had to show their general knowledge on current affairs, politics, agriculture, plus give a short speech, during the judging process.

The eldest in the group is about 23-years-old, and many of the women already own their own businesses.

It has been more than six years since Taree has hosted the zone finals.

More than 190 people travelled from as far as Gloucester to the Tweed to attend the evening dinner function, many staying in the area overnight.

Special guests included member for Lyne David Gillespie, member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and deputy mayor of Greater Taree City Council, Robyn Jenkins.

In addition to hearing from each of the girls, guests were also treated to presentations from outgoing zone 1 finalists, Samantha Chilton and Lisa Green, who spoke about their experiences from last year. Last year's Sydney Royal Showgirl, Kennedy Tourle also talked about her time in the role.

The master of ceremonies for the event was Bruce Moy.

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