Enjoy every moment and make lots of friends is the advice of reigning Taree Showgirl Courtney Robertson ahead of this year's competition.
With three entrants confirmed for the competition, to be held at the 2019 Taree Show this weekend, Courtney has reflected on her own experiences since taking the title last year.
"I was stressed out about it last year so they just need to relax, judges can read when you're nervous," she smiled.
"Take everything in and make friends."
On Saturday, Courtney will take the showgirls under her wing to mingle with stallholders and show-goers.
They'll face a 15 minute interview with two judges before the announcement later in the day.
The competition will be decided on qualities such as personality, confidence, ambition, life goals and speech.
Courtney outlined the qualities needed to be a showgirl.
"They need to have a passion for their local community, rural Australia and want to be an ambassador for women in the agriculture industry," Courtney said.
It's certainly been a year to remember.
Following the 2018 Taree Show, the Manning River Agricultural and Horticultural Society sponsored Courtney to attend a personal development camp at Dubbo to prepare for the zone one showgirl final.
"I learnt about all the criteria I'd need for zone and met girls from across the area," Courtney said.
"I made friends and connections before the zone final."
Judging for the zone final, held at Murwillumbah, was completed in one day and included an interview with judges from the Royal Agricultural Society, The Land newspaper and a former State finalist.
A formal dinner followed where all entrants were asked questions. Courtney unfortunately missed out on the State final, with the honour going to the Kempsey/ Kyogle representative.
Taree Racecourse will host the 2020 zone one final of the State competition on February 15 next year.
"The Taree Show committee is so excited for it," Courtney said.
"We'll be bringing all those different show societies into our community."
A Taree representative at the final has been long overdue.
"It would be 20 years or more since a Taree Showgirl went to the Sydney final I think," Courtney said.
Courtney has been busy this year, raising money for Dolly's Dream and continuing her involvement with the zone and Taree Agricultural Society.
All the while working two jobs and studying nursing full time in Newcastle.
"Once you're a showgirl, you're always a showgirl," she said.
At 22, she's keen to try her luck again in the future.
"I want to have another go in a few years time," she said.
Courtney is also behind a move to introduce a junior showgirl competition in Taree next year.
Profiles on the entrants in this year's competition, Amylia Eddie, Gabby Wyse and Tammy Clifton, will be featured in the coming days.