Meet the multi-talented Miss Showgirl
THIS time of the year is busy for Ema Marks, her role as assistant co-ordinator of the Miss Showgirl Competition with the Tweed River Agricultural Society just one of many things on her plate.
The 22-year-old has a business degree majoring in property development, has her role with the Tweed River Agricultural Society, is the current Miss Showgirl champion and is the president of the Tweed Heads Young Rotary Club.
As part of her role with the show society, which operates all year round, Miss Marks organises and mentors this year's contestants in the Miss Showgirl event.
Contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and must have a genuine love and knowledge of rural life.
Winners of the regional competitions go on to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to try their luck at taking home the state prize.
"The contestants are very busy during the competition period," Miss Marks said.
"They have presentations to make, interviews with newspapers, TV and radio and even more."
After the local competition, the winner competes in the state showgirl competition in Dubbo.
On the day of judging, the contestants compete in some interesting events as part of the overall competition.
"Yes there are some fun events like one where contestants have to cement a pole into the ground; I won't be entering that one though," Miss Marks said with a smile.
Miss Marks comes from a family that has always been heavily involved in the community and started competing herself at the local Banora Festival.
"My family has always been very community minded and I guess that is what got me involved in doing all the things I do," Miss Marks said.
She enjoys her role with Rotary as well. "We were just chartered in May this year as an official club, which is fantastic," she said. "We help out with many community projects.
"We raised a good amount of money for the starving cattle in Coonabarabran after the fires a while ago."
Young people like Miss Marks are essential for communities like Murwillumbah and the Tweed, no doubt she will continue to be a prominent figure in the future.
Did you know?
- The first showgirl competition was held in 1962.
- The winner of that event, Margaret McKay, took home a sash and 250 pounds.
- Murwillumbah Show is in its 113th year.
- A large fireworks display will begin on Saturday, November 2 after the ring events.
- Miss Showgirl is held by more than 150 show societies.