Carol-Ann Malouf

Rachel is 2016 Condobolin Showgirl

• Rachel Brasnett is the 2016 Condobolin Showgirl. Lesley Jean McKenzie was named Runner-Up and Tori Whiley was announced as third place recipient. There were four other entrants in this year’s competition – Kate Gibson, Ali Martin, Chloe Houston and Zoe Rodgers. Around 60 people gathered at the Condobolin Motor Inn for An Evening with the Show Committee last Saturday night. The 2016 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Runner Up, Emily Madge, Dubbo Show Society Vice President Jane Diffey and Immediate Past President of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW, Tim O’Brien were the judges for the competition. Above L-R: Chloe Houston, Ali Martin, Jaimi-Lea Deeves, Sue Mitchell, 2016 Condobolin Showgirl Rachel Brasnett, Lesley Jean McKenzie, Tori Whiley, Kate Gibson and Zoe Rodgers were all smiles after the Showgirl Presentation. MB/KP

Seven beautiful young ladies were part of the 2016 Condobolin Showgirl competition. Rachel Brasnett was announced as the winner, with Lesley Jean McKenzie named Runner-Up and Tori Whiley was Third.

RACHEL BRASNETT (Winner) is the 21-year-old daughter of Peter and Debra Brasnett. She is currently completing her Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney, having last year completed her Bachelor of Science (focusing on nutrition) at the University of Wollongong. She is is also currently working as a Department of Human Services Customer Support Officer. Her hobbies include reading, gym, healthy cooking, dance and netball.
The focus of Rachel’s current study is directed by her passion for assisting critically ill children, particularly those from rural and remote communities. Her long term goal is to have the experience and knowledge to work abroad with malnourished children and assist with food security issues in developing countries. To provide experience for this goal she hopes next year for placements in Alice Springs and the Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
KATE GIBSON is the daughter of Joy and James Gibson and she is currently working as a technical assistant at the Ag Research Station. Kate, who is 23-years-old, last year completed her Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) degree at the University of Wollongong. She has taken the opportunity of a 12-month work opportunity in Condobolin before pursuing her career in the sciences industry. She enjoys yoga, tennis, reading, cooking, travel and studying German, the latter two interests being encouraged by a University exchange in Germany recently. For the future, Kate hopes to make a meaningful contribution to research of disease and medicine, to keep experiencing new things and to travel as much as possible.
CHLOE HOUSTON is the 18-year-old daughter of Gregory and Melanie Hodgess. Having attained her Higher School Certificate last year, Chloe is having a year working locally as both a grocery assistant and packer, and a kitchen hand. Next year, she plans to head to University where she hopes to study Criminology. Chloe enjoys cooking, socialising with friends, going to the gym, fishing, netball and touch football.
ALODIE (ALI) MARTIN is the daughter of Ralph and Bev Martin. The 22-year-old is in her third year of study for a Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She is also a long term assistant at Condo Clothing and a lifeguard and kiosk worker at Condobolin Swimming Pool during her university breaks. Ali’s immediate aim is to find employment in her chosen career, and long term to live a happy life, encouraging and equipping others towards a similar aim. A keen swimmer, Ali also loves a game of basketball and enjoys touch footy, travelling, cooking, painting, singing and playing the piano.
LESLEY JEAN MCKENZIE (Runner Up) is the daughter of Bernard McKenzie and Everlien Gardner. The 21-year-old is a full time distance education student towards a Bachelor of Education (an Honours degree in Secondary Art) at University New England Armidale. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga last year. Along with her studies, Lesley Jean manages to fit in work as a casual shearing shed hand and lamb marker.
Her sporting interests include netball, horse riding, swimming and gym. For relaxation she enjoys painting and reading. Lesley Jean’s long term aspiration is to teach at Condobolin High School. She would also like to undertake voluntary conservation work in New Zealand next year, and follow up with teaching English in rural communities in Tanzania and Cambodia.
ZOE RODGERS is the daughter of Kellie Pawsey and Anthony Rodgers. She is an 18-year-old Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Wollongong with an ambition to work in Public Relations. When home during University breaks, Zoe works at Condobolin Newsagency and also at the Condobolin Sports Club. Zoe’s sporting interests include dancing and watching football, and she relaxes with cooking and yoga.
TORI WHILEY (Third) is the daughter of Sharon Lee Bevill and Leslie Whiley. Aged 20, Tori is a receptionist at Condobolin Aboriginal Health Service. She attained a Business Service Certificate in 2013. Her hobbies include gardening, movies, camping, fishing and being outdoors with family and friends.
She also enjoys netball, and having played JRL as a child is now a keen supporter of the Bulldogs.
Tori plans to complete her next Certificate in Business Services to further her administration knowledge, thus opening further pathways.
Her strong passion for health and wellness is also driving her to complete an Enrolled Nurse course.

Eclectic Exhibits

Roll up, roll up! It's nearly time for the 121st annual Condobolin Show!

• Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf is excited by the eclectic array of exhibits at the 121st Condobolin Show. From the Farmyard Nursery to the Down the Lachlan Speed Shear; from Matt Falloon and his trained balloons to guest exhibitors, there is something for everyone at this year’s event. MB


By Melissa Blewitt


Roll up, roll up! It’s nearly time for the 121st annual Condobolin Show!

There will be an electic array of exhibits, trade displays, entertainment and, of course, excitement.

Residents have been busy getting ready for the renowned community event, with many cooking up a storm, working their knitting needles or capturing a perfect shot for the photography section.

There is excitement in the air, according to Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf.

“It’s becoming difficult to nominate the most exciting event at this week’s 121st annual Condobolin Show, but for many of all ages, it could be the international award-winning Matt Falloon and his Trained Balloons,” she said.

“Returning to Condobolin fresh from winning balloon sculpture and performance competitions in Washington and Las Vegas, Matt’s performance promises comedy, stunts, magic, puppetry, audience participation and loads and loads of balloons.

“Also sure to excite is the attendance of two much-loved local participants, the Condobolin RSL Club Pipe Band and the Condo Auto Sports Club, both of whom will feature in the main Show ring after the Grand Parade.”

The greatest excitement may happen in the “Pavilion”, a 42 metre marquee sure to be filled with the talents from across Condobolin.

“The $100 JR Sealey Voucher for a cup of boiled rice is seeing lots of challenges being tossed around and it should be noted that there is no truth in the rumour that this is for men only,” Carol-Ann said.

“To their already extremely generous sponsorship of the Cookery Class, JR Sealey is also putting up $100 vouchers for the damper and for six Anzac biscuits.”

The Sewing, Knitting and Handicraft Class will again be housed in the luncheon-room on the east of the SRA Pavilion and the wool annex on the north will be home to Fleece Wool and Agricultural Produce classes.

More excitement will be found outside the wool annexe where the wonderful Condobolin High School Formula 1 track will be demonstrated.

Not one, but two guest exhibits will be housed in the marquee this year.

They are Woolerina from Forbes, and Ross Harmer’s West Wyalong Movies.


Could you be Condobolin’s next Showgirl

Would you like to be the next Condobolin Showgirl?

• Condobolin Showgirl Co-ordinator Sue Mitchell (centre) with 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward and 2014 Showgirl Kristen Polimeni at the annual Show Ball. KP

By Melissa Blewitt

Would you like to be the next Condobolin Showgirl?

Condobolin Showgirl Coordinator Sue Mitchell is encouraging local girls aged between 18 and 24 to sign up to be part of this year’s competition.

“It is such a fantastic experience for those girls who enter,” she said.

“Entrants gain self-confidence and have the chance for personal development.

“It is a chance to be a voice for the community, build new friendships and professional networks.”

Ms Mitchell is encouraging local women to enter with a friend, and enjoy the Showgirl experience together.

“The Showgirl competition is not a beauty pageant, but an event where women can showcase their local knowledge, community spirit and personality,” she said.

“There is also the fact all showgirl entrants can win prizes valued at over $2,500.

“It is so much fun. Be part of a wonderful community tradition and enter in the 2015 Condobolin Showgirl competition.”

All Showgirl entrants will attend a luncheon and participate in an interview process on 15 August, and then attend the President’s Cocktail Party before the annual Show Ball.

During the interview phase, the three judges will be looking for personality, confidence, general knowledge (local, Australian and international current events), style, grooming and deportment, rural knowledge, ambition and goals, dictation and speech.

The showgirls will be presented at 8.30pm during the Show Ball, and the winner will be announced on the night.

For more information contact Sue Mitchell on 6895 4371 (BH), 6895 7605 (AH) or 0428 957 605; or Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf on 0499 597 844.

It’s Show time

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

• Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf helping to erect the marquee which will house many of the exhibits at this weekend’s Condobolin Show. LP

By Lara Pearce

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

Workers were out in force last Friday, erecting a 42 metre by 12 metre marquee – roughly the size of two basketball courts – at the Condobolin Showground, and Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf was there to lend a hand with the sledge hammer.

This weekend marks one-hundred and twenty years of the Condobolin Show, and this year tradition and originality unite to bring the Condobolin community an eclectic array of exhibits which cater to all tastes and talents.

The ever-popular showjumping will take place in the ring on Saturday, while attendees can watch the cattle and poultry judging at the Baxter Pavilion and the Ernie Hill Pavilion respectively.

A huge range of baking, floral and handicraft competitions give all ages the chance to exhibit – from decorated arrowroot biscuits for the under five-year-olds to jams, chutneys, pot plants and cross stitch.

The Funtime Puppet Theatre will be back again, which is always a favourite with the young and the young at heart.

This year’s Condobolin Showgirl Kristen Polimeni and the 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward will be judging the Miss and Master Condo Tiny Tots and Junior Showgirl awards.

The Tiny Tots awards are for children aged between two and five years, while the Junior Showgirl is for those aged six to ten years.

A presentation will be made to the winners at the eastern patio of the Secretary’s Office at 12:15pm on Saturday, where prizes and sashes will be awarded.

As always, the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band will be performing and participating in the parade.

“Our brilliant pipe band, with visiting pipers and drummers, is a favourite at the Condobolin Show, and makes a great curtain-raiser to the Condobolin Tattoo,” Carol-Ann Malouf explained.

For the first time, the ‘Australia Fair’ Grand Concert Street Organ will feature at the Show. The Belgium-built instrument was built in the workshops of Verbeeck’s Organ Works in Antwerp in approximately 1884 and is the only travelling Concert Organ in Australia.

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

• At the 2013 Condobolin Show: 2012 Showgirl Kristy Hickson, Junior Showgirl Halle Doyle, Master Tiny Tot Charlie Patton and 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward. KT

The organ has the equivalent sound of a twenty-piece band and operates on air pressure generated by a bellows and regulated by a reservoir. It has some 442 pipes, as well as drums, cymbals, bells, woodblocks and animated figures. The instrument will cover a wide range of music appealing to all ages, from Strauss to Walt Disney, including marches, waltzes, popular music and children’s music.

The Greg and Kay Wheeler Pet Parade is always a hit with the youngsters. Entrants aged 5 to 16 years can enter up to two pets in the parade, from a fast-eating dog to a fluffy-tailed cat, or the most unusual small domestic pet.

Judging for the Greg and Kay Wheeler Pet Parade will take place at 2pm on Friday 22 August, with a trophy, ribbons and cash prizes to be won. Get in quick though, because nominations close at 5pm today.

The Show will go out with a bang this year, with the Fletcher Firework Finale. “This was superb last year and makes a wonderful close to the 120th annual Condobolin Show,” Carol-Ann Malouf said.

A courtesy bus will be operating within the town limits on Saturday evening to get everyone home safely.

2014 Show Ball shines

Kristen Polimeni was announced the 2014 Condobolin Showgirl at the annual Show Ball held at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday night. Although the RSL was a last-minute change of location (see story page 3) for the ball, many of the 264 ball patrons have described it as the “best Show Ball ever”.

• Above: Sue Mitchell, Carol-Ann Malouf, 2014 Miss Showgirl Kristen Polimeni, Malcolm Key (Gabe Music), 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward, Gabe Middleton and Chris Paul (Gabe Music). KP


Kristen Polimeni was announced the 2014 Condobolin Showgirl at the annual Show Ball held at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday night. Although the RSL was a last-minute change of location (see story page 3) for the ball, many of the 264 ball patrons have described it as the “best Show Ball ever”.

“I thank you for your understanding of the situation which has led to the change of venue at very short notice. We particularly thank Ian Dowling and staff and the Condobolin RSL Club for accommodating the ball,” said show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf, during the Showgirl presentation.

“Let’s make this ball and this year’s Show, the best yet.”

By the end of the ball, it would appear that this aim was achieved – largely due to the warmth and comfort of the venue, the second “can” bar to speed up service, and particularly the fabulous sounds of Gabe Music.

The announcement of Kristen, 18, as Condobolin’s 51st Showgirl was the highlight of the evening. Kristen has recently commenced as a pathology collector for Barratt and Smith. Prior to that, when she first arrived in the district she spent three months working as a contract tractor driver in the district.

Kristen, who has been in Condobolin since early this year, hails from Rankins Springs and completed her schooling last year at Yanco Agricultural High School.

Since she was young, she has had work experience in all aspects of farm work in the Rankins Springs to Griffith district.

No stranger to the Show scene, she has been competing in pavilion events and indulging her greatest hobby and sporting interest, horse riding and equestrian events, for as long as she can remember.

Kristen’s aim is to do the best she can at everything she attempts; she believes that the outcome is not as important as knowing she has tried her best.

While it appeared that there would be three entrants in this year’s Showgirl competition, sadly two were unable to enter at the last minute.

“We thank Kristen very sincerely for her enthusiasm and support of the Showgirl Competition, particularly in the knowledge that she would still be assessed at today’s luncheon as the sole entrant to be considered for this year’s title,” said Carol-Ann.

The 2013 Condobolin Showgirl, Lily Ward, sashed Kristen as this year’s Showgirl. Lily was accompanied onstage by Show President, Ken Riach, who declared the ball open and thanked the small group who assisted him with the auditorium’s fabulous decorations.

Lily, who was Condobolin’s 50th Showgirl, is living between Condobolin and Forbes where she is pursuing her profession as a dentist.

The Condobolin community will hear more from both Kristen and Lily at the official opening of this year’s 120th Condobolin Show at 3:30pm on Saturday 23 August.

Kristen again faces the judges at the Zone Showgirl Final to be held in Bathurst on 28 February next year.

Later in the evening came the next highlight when Rachael Tickle was declared Belle of the Ball; Alison Manwaring the Matron of the Ball; and Michael Malouf the Best-Dressed Gentleman.

Such was the glamour of the ball’s patrons that several judges had to be tasked and the decision was considerably delayed before consensus was achieved.

The decision swung in favour of the debonair Mr Malouf (ahead of the equally splendidly attired Brett and Jed White, Crockett Hall, Peter and Gavin Stuckey, and Guy Shoemark), for his suggestion that a second bar, the “can” bar, be opened in the old “Blue Room”.

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