It's been a whirlwind week for new Taree Showgirl Gabby Wyse.
Sashed at Taree Show last Saturday, the 20-year-old said she feels "honoured, proud and happy."
"It's been great, I'm still on a high," Gabby said. "Entering the competition is one of the best decisions I've ever made."
She thanked all well-wishers for their support.
"I've had so many people stop me or drop into the shop (Manning Florist) just to congratulate me," Gabby said. "It's been really lovely."
There's been plenty of practice for her public speaking skills.
"It's something I need to work on and I've already had a microphone thrown at me a few times this week," she laughed.
Now the dust has settled, it's time to knuckle down and get to work. Planning has already begun for the showgirl zone one final, to be held in Taree next February.
"I've been talking every day with Courtney (2018 Showgirl Courtney Robertson) about what needs to be done leading up to zone and what I need to do to be prepared," Gabby said.
Gabby has already spoken with local suppliers about providing produce for the event's formal dinner.
"I've spoken with a flower supplier through my role as a florist," she said.
"We'd like to have each girl have a bouquet of flowers. I'd also hope to have local beef and pork for the dinner."
The date of the event is still to be confirmed.
"There'll be a meeting of the show society soon to talk about it," she said.
Time will be set aside to prepare for the zone final, while the 2020 Taree Show is also on her mind.
"I want to look at any new ideas that can help make it bigger and better next year," Gabby said.
Alongside Courtney and Showgirl entrants Amylia Eddie and Tammy Clifton, Gabby has linked up with Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Next Generation.
The strain drought has on the mental health of farmers and communities is drasticGabby Wyse, 2019 Taree Showgirl
"It's all about young people wanting to build the future of agriculture shows," she said. "It's a fantastic group."
One of her key goals this year is to work with a charity. Gabby will take her time deciding which charity to support but believed it will involve mental health in the agriculture industry.
"The strain drought has on the mental health of farmers and communities is drastic," Gabby said.
"I know of a few charities which have links to mental health assistance.
"It takes a lot for someone to say they need help and there's nothing wrong with admitting you need help."
Promoting water saving measures is on the agenda. This will involve conversations with MidCoast Council.
"I think there is room for improvement locally," she said.
"We need to encourage more people to use a rain water tank.
"It's the little things that can make a huge difference."