Shining at the Show Ball

Guests sparkled at this year’s annual Show Ball at the Condobolin RSL Club. Jaimi-Lea Deeves was announced as the 2015 Condobolin Showgirl.

• Jaimi-Lea Deeves was named 2015 Condobolin Showgirl during the annual Show Ball at the Condobolin RSL Club last Saturday night. The 21-year-old is studying for her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. Jaimi-Lea is the daughter of James and Leanne Deeves. She was sashed by 2014 Condobolin Showgirl Kristen Polimeni, and was joined by fellow entrants Melanie Taylor and Yolanda Healey at the conclusion of the presentation. Melanie is the daughter of Beverley and Ernest Taylor, and is a graduate teacher completing her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. Yolanda is the daughter of Sue Healey and Noel Sutherland, and is a Customer Service Officer at Condobolin AGnVET Services. Photo by KP

By Melissa Blewitt.

Guests sparkled at this year’s annual Show Ball at the Condobolin RSL Club. Jaimi-Lea Deeves was announced as the 2015 Condobolin Showgirl.

Jaimi-Lea was sashed by the 2014 Condobolin Showgirl, Kristen Polimeni, who will also play an active role over the two days of the coming Show before presenting the prizes to this year’s winner during the show’s Official Opening. Melanie Taylor and Yolanda Healey joined Jaimi-Lea as entrants. Jaimi-Lea will next attend the Zone Finals that will be held in Parkes on February 20th next year. Acknowledgement was paid to the superb sponsors of the Condobolin Showgirl competition, which this year carried prizes valued at over $3000. Matron of the Ball was Trudi Jolliffe, Belle of the Ball was Samantha Haworth and Best Dressed Gent went to Robert Neal. Guests danced the night away to Gabe Music. Winner of the Lucky Door prize was Mel Rees, which was an $80 gift voucher for the Oriental Restaurant, donated by the Show Society. MB

 

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.

2011 Showgirl to be announced at Show Ball this Saturday night

The 117th Annual Condobolin PAH & I Association Show Ball is on this Saturday night at the Condobolin SRA Grounds starting at 8.30 pm.

Highlight of the evening is the announcement of this year’s Showgirl. Condobolin has quite a reputation for producing very sucessful showgirls with a National Showgirl winner Lee Cobb in 1996); two becoming Royal Easter Showgirls ( Lee Cobb in 1996 and Clare McDonlad 2009); three Royal Easter Runner -ups (Diane Cooney, Carolyn Brady and Lyndsey Douglas) and six Royal Easter Showgirl finalists (Lindy Trotter, Sally Cleaver, Danielle Lorenz, Kylie Lemmon, Naomi Ridley and Krystelle Ridley).

Some comments and insights from two former Condobolin Showgirls…

Name: Georgina Sutherland

Age: 24

Occupation: Trainee solicitor

What was your favourite part of the showgirl competition?

“It gave me an opportunity to meet like minded people, to discuss rural life and problems, and it gave me a chance to meet new people and see old friends.”

What was the most challenging part of the competition for you?

“Going to zone and needing a broad knowledge on absolutely everything. You really need to be up to date with current events at a local, state, national and international level.”

What opportunities did the competition present you with?

“The competition really helped me hone in on my interviewing skills. It really helps get rid of the nerves you sometimes experience with interviews. I also had the opportunity to meet a lot of other girls from different backgrounds.”

What was the most unexpected thing about the competition?

“I didn’t think there’d be girls competing with such a broad range of professions. I thought it would be mostly agronomists, teachers and nurses, but it was much wider.”

How did competing in the showgirl competition change your perception of the event?

“You never know what to expect-it opens your eyes to what it means to be an ambassador to rural life and how broad a background other competitors can come from. You don’t necessarily have to come from a country town to be in [the competition], a lot of the other competitors came from all parts of society.”

Name: Lindsey Douglas

Age: 25

Occupation: PR Consultant for the Ray White Real Estate Group

What was the most unexpected thing about the competition for you?

“I was surprised about how much it entrenches you in the agricultural and show circuit and introduces you to other rural communities.”

What was your favourite thing?

“The amount of personal development you get from competing, the situations you’re put in that you usually wouldn’t find yourself in and the friends you make along the way.”

What was the most challenging thing about the competition?

“Making sure you have a broad understanding of rural issues in your own region is really important. I have to say though that it’s such a fantastic competition to be part of. The biggest hurdle is actually just putting your name down, but in the end the personal growth is completely worth it. A lot of my career progression came about as a result of the show competition.”

How did your understanding of the competition change between when you entered and after winning?

“I had no understanding prior to entering how crucial the show is to the Condobolin community or the level of commitment from people who organise it. It’s nothing short of fantastic. The Condobolin show is much bigger than the town itself. You’d struggle to find a town the same size as Condo that can create a show that big.”

The Condobolin Argus – 10 years old

With The Condobolin Argus’ 10th birthday nearly upon us, first week of May, it seemed appropriate for a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the issues and events that have been critical in making The Argus the influential and relevant community newspaper it is today.
With so many editions archived in the depths of the Argus library, the task of revisiting important stories and campaigns seemed daunting at first, though with much perseverance, the team at The Argus has managed to compile a fairly concise list of ten achievements it feels have been most relevant to the Lachlan Shire community.
They are (in no particular order):
Joining the battle to keep the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station up and running.
In March 2009, The Argus reported on the NSW Labor Government’s decision to close the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station (CARAS). A surge of public protest culminating in a rally in Condobolin’s main street reversed that decision.
Helping prevent the closure of Target Country in Condobolin.
In January 2003, The Argus confirmed Condobolin Target Country would remain open despite pressure to close the store. The Argus supported the store during the resulting six month trial period through a ‘shop local’ campaign.
Helping to promote the Condobolin skate park project.
The Argus has been supporting the Condobolin skate park project for a number of years. The project is finally becoming a reality with the final draft becoming available for public comment following Lachlan Shire Council Meeting on 20th April.
Supporting the RTA’s ‘Three Shires’ initiative to help reduce the region’s road toll.
This project aims to increase road safety throughout the Lachlan, Forbes and Parkes shires. Part of this project has been the wheelie bin initiative, encouraging children to decorate wheelie bins in an effort to highlight road safety. The Argus played a large role in encouraging people to take part in this project, and now also has a very happy looking bin.
Providing full yet sensitive coverage of breaking news including human tragedies.
For example on the 2nd of December 2005, a ten-seater Piper Chieftain light plane crashed on Neil Baxter’s property ‘Craig End’. Unfortunately, the incident resulted in the loss of several lives and resulted in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau inquiry. The Argus printed continuous coverage of the incident from the crash to release of the inquiry.
Coverage of natural disasters.
The Argus has been instrumental in keeping the community aware of various fires and floods which have affected the region over the past ten years. With the real time news delivery available with the internet, The Argus can now deliver information to readers as soon as natural disasters unfold. This was most recently demonstrated during the floods in Ungarie last month.
Promotion of local tourism initiatives, particularly ‘Utes in the Paddock’.
Owing to the Argus’ commitment to improving tourism in the Lachlan Shire (and perhaps due to the fact our editor is one of the artists) Utes in the Paddock has become a ‘must see’ on any visitor’s to do list. Beginning in 2007, The Utes in the Paddock Project now includes 15 ute artworks and has been nominated for a NSW Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award and People’s Choice Tourist Experience Award.
Coverage of Aboriginal issues and events in the Lachlan Shire.
The Argus has strived to help ‘close the gap’ on Indigenous inequality though a focus on providing fair and unbiased reporting on events and issues important to the Wiradjuri community. The Argus has frequently reported positively on Aboriginal tourism, educational and employment initiatives.
Promotion of major events such as the Condo 750, Tattoo,  Condo B & S and our Australian Idol Shannon Noll.
The Argus has thrown its support behind various community oriented events over its ten year history. This promotion has been in the form of editorials, advertorials and extensive advertising features before, during and after events.
Support of local Charity Organisations
When major charity events and fundraisers happen in the Lachlan Shire, The Argus is always in the thick of the action, lending its promotional power to the event. Various charities and charitable organisations.

Support for Community much more than just words in a newspaper.
Born out of a large gathering of members from right across the community forming the view more could be done to promote our region, The Condobolin Argus actively pursues promotional opportunities in may different ways.
The paper looks to attract staff with high level skills and talents that offer its community additional benefits. One staff member worked tirelessly on submissions and promotion for the Professional Bull Riders event. That event attracting large crowds enhancing business for the local community. Yet another staff member successfully competed the local Show Girl promotion being awarded State Runner Up at the Royal Easter Show, thereby doing a magnificent job of promoting our region.
Focus for The Condobolin Argus is very firmly on assisting local community to promote itself, diligently managing advertisers funds to employ high level skills providing a holistic service. One portfolio sponsored by The Condobolin Argus in this way is that of ‘Community Promotions Officer’.
All of this has only been made possible by your strong support over the past ten years. Thank you for helping us to provide this service to our community.
To help your local community newspaper celebrate its 10th birthday and plan for many more, please drop on by the office at 93 Bathurst Street Condobolin during the first week of May -We’ll have some birthday cake.

The biggest Show ever for Condobolin

In the 125th year of Condobolin PAH & I Association (Show Society), there will indeed be something for everyone at this  year’s Condobolin Show to be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August.
Show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf said, “We have probably never crammed so many wonderful attractions into one show, nor had so many celebratory highlights in the same year.
“For a start, the committee obviously did not have to look far for the person they would like to open this year’s Show.
The 116th Annual Condobolin Show will be officially opened by the 2010 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl, Clare McDonald, who was also the 2009 Condobolin Showgirl.
At the opening ceremony you will be introduced to your 2010 Condobolin Showgirl, Georgina Sutherland and runner-up Amy Watt, who were announced at last Saturday’s Show Ball, and joining them will be the 2010 Young Achievers, a fantastic band of Condobolin youth who involve themselves in various stewarding roles at the Show after facing interviews the previous week.
SUREWAY BUSHMAN’S RELAY
It won’t be all sashing and speeches for Clare who, as a member of the Condobolin Show committee for the last couple of years, has stewarding duties which include organisation of the Sureway Employment & Training-sponsored Bushman’s Relay with $500 cash for the winning team.
To be staged in front of the bar area on the Show’s second night the challenge of the relay’s various stages causes great entertainment both for competitors and spectators. Entries should be made at the Secretary’s Office at the SRA Ground by 5 p.m. on the first night of the Show.
Australian Wool Fashion AwardsTHE AUSTRALIAN WOOL FASHION AWARDS
A major coup for this year’s show will be the staging of The Australian Wool Fashion Awards (TAWFA) parades. Now a major wool industry event the awards are designed to showcase the use of Merino wool by national and international fashion designers and students and TAWFA parades are a major feature of the Sydney Royal Easter Show with the national awards taking place at that venue.
All garments are “one-offs”, both young and innovative, with many created by young designers, secondary school or tertiary college students, all promoting wool to the consumer in a creative way.
“With TAWFA managing director, Liz Foster, a bus-load of models of the New England region and some 75 woollen garments heading for Condobolin, the parades should attract spectators from throughout the Central West,” said show president, Bruce Patton.
A Pied Piper's duck models a pink outfitTHE PIED PIPER SHOW
Fashion parades with a difference will be part of another major attraction, that of the Pied Piper Show.
Based on a reputation of some 25 years of delighting crowds throughout Australia at local and Royal shows, Brian Harrington’s feathered friends will waddle down another catwalk at this year’s Condobolin Show, parading the latest in designer and duck fashion.
Along the way colourful and talented ducks (yes, ducks) play musical chairs with their racing pig friends and when not parading will be wandering around the showground showing off the latest fashion trends. Visits will also be paid to local schools on the day prior to the Show.
CROCODILE ENCOUNTERS
Returning to Condobolin due to popular demand is Crocodile Encounters, sponsored by Country Energy, a mobile reptile display presented by recognised reptile expert, Mark Richmond who said, “This is a totally hands-on experience with members of the audience encouraged to handle the animals.
“All animals have been specially conditioned to take part in this kind of performance and will be selected from a range which includes a variety of lizards, pythons, turtles and fresh and saltwater crocodiles.”
AUTO SPORTS CLUB
The Show Society is also delighted to announce that our own acclaimed Condobolin Auto Sports Club members will be staging a performance following Saturday’s Grand Parade and Presentations. A great crowd favourite, this display will captivate everyone.
COUNTRY ENERGY KITCHEN
Another 2010 Condobolin Show highlight will be the Country Energy Kitchen providing cooking demonstrations throughout the second day, showcasing lamb recipes along with other quick and easy family favourites such as Chocolate Rocky Road and, demonstration chef, Tracey Tullier, will showcase her Chocolate Shots recipe of her well-known former Bathurst restaurant.
Regional general manager, Chas McPhail, said “Country Energy is proud to continue its long standing support of the Condobolin Show.
“We are a big part of the Condobolin community – our employees live and work in the area so investing in the future of the town is good business sense.”
Demonstrations will take place under the Country Energy marquee in the Ray Davis Memorial Skillion hourly during 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With information available on energy efficiency, Show patrons can enter a draw at the kitchen site to win Energy Efficiency Packs valued at $250, $100 and $50.
PIPE BAND
Also playing “Pied Piper”, as they have done for over 50 years, Condobolin’s RSL Club Pipe Band supplemented by visiting band members of other centres will start their march in town through to the showground on the second day leading the procession of Show patrons to the ground.
New to the region – Carbon Expo
This year’s Show has been selected to host the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority and Centroc Carbon Expo – an exciting new venture that will deliver climate adaptation advice into the communities of the Lachlan River catchment – to be found to the south of the pavilion along ringside.
HISTORIC TROPHY DISPLAY
As this year we celebrate 125 years since the formation of the Condobolin PAH & I Association, the display of trophies that was mounted for the Celebration of Condobolin last November will be on show in the main Pavilion and anyone who has a treasured trophy in the past is invited to contact the Show Secretary within the next few days if they would like this trophy displayed along with its background.
And there’s still more!
There is just too much happening at this year’s Condobolin Show to go into further detail – you really just have to be there!
However a suggestion is that you visit on Friday to cover the Pavilion and the large range of trade, machinery, agriculture displays and exhibitions, thus allowing time on Saturday to take in the various scheduled performances of our feature attractions as well as visiting those competitions that are only held on the Saturday, such as the Cattle and Poultry classes.
Don’t forget you can dine throughout the day at Bill and Colleen Doyle’s Restaurant off the main pavilion, savouring morning and afternoon tea, lunch and barbecue and wash it all down with a cleansing ale at the Show Bar.
Lachlan Shire Council has been busy for weeks preparing the showground and the Show Society is indebted to them for the genuine care and attention given by administrative and outdoor staff to presenting a spectacular backdrop for the greatest Show in the State.
As well, Heather Blackley and her Work for the Dole participants have again had great input in complementing the work of Council and the Show Committee in preparing the grounds for the many activities that will take place.
Help wanted!!
While the Show Society not only has a small band of willing Committee members and a band of wonderful volunteers (e.g. the stewards of the various classes in the Pavilion) as well as a number of enthusiastic and greatly appreciated High School students, and of course the dedicated Young Achiever entrants, numbers are increasingly lighter to cover all areas required to present your Condobolin Show, such a large and multi-faceted event.
Therefore, further volunteers are sought to help in such areas as showjumping rail-lifting and ground parking stewards. If you think you could spare a few hours to become actively involved, please call at the Showground Office or phone 6895 4025.

Sashings at Show Ball

Condobolin 2010 Show Ball announced Georgina Sutherland as Condobolin's 2010 ShowgirlTwenty-three year old lawyer Georgina Sutherland was sashed as the 2010 Condobolin Showgirl at last Saturday’s Champagne Show ball attended by 330 patrons.
Georgina’s ambition to “further promote agriculture by bridging the city-country gap and encouraging more positive policies, laws and decisions for agriculture and rural communities,” saw her named as the 47th Condobolin Showgirl.
The daughter of Anthea and John Sutherland, Georgina completed a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Law degree and has spent the past year working as a farm hand for Paraway Pastoral Company.
Field Agronomist Amy Watt was the runner-up on the evening with her passion for agriculture shining in front of the judges.
Amy said she wanted to be an ambassador for women in agriculture and hoped to be recognised as an expert in her chosen field of agronomy and work toward the continual productivity of farming practices within the region and in assisting farmers to achieve their goals.
The other entrants were 19 year old Stephanie Gardiner who is currently undertaking a traineeship in business administration and hopes to go to university to become a primary school teacher and 20 year old Lyndall Taylor who is a cadet accountant at Boyce Chartered Accountants in Dubbo and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business in Accounting.
The 2010 Showball Steward, Sue Henley, said the evening was well supported by the town and went off extremely well.
“The Ball went off fantasticly and we had four lovely showgirls to present which was wonderful,” Sue said.
“There was a great crowd, good music and I’m really happy with how the whole evening turned out,” she said.
Best dressed on the night were Matron of the Ball Sally Weber, Belle of the Ball Laura Kunkel and Best Dressed Gentleman Richard Peadon of Bombala.

Clare honoured in civic reception

A civic reception was held for 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl Clare McDonaldBy Sally Willoughby

2010 Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl, Clare McDonald, was recognised for her tremendous achievement and representation of Condobolin last week in a formal civic ceremony at Lachlan Shire Council Chambers.
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Des Manwaring addressed the ceremony saying it gave him great pleasure to acknowledge Clare with the formal ceremony in conjunction with the Condobolin PAH & I Association and presented Clare with a cheque on behalf of LSC in recognition for her accomplishments.
“Clare has put in a lot of hard work over the years, and especially this past year, and her achievements in Condobolin and abroad are something I’m very proud of,” Mayor Des said.
Clare’s commitment and passion for the agricultural sector and country life saw her crowned the 2009 Condobolin Showgirl and move swiftly through the ranks to be crowned the 2010 Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl in April this year.
With the past year being a blur of functions, speeches and event openings,  Clare spoke of the vital role showgirls play in bringing the bush to the city in her address at the ceremony and expressed her love for Condobolin and the Condobolin community.
“There are two important messages to spread in rural NSW,” Clare said.
“One is get involved and get the younger people involved.
“The second message is to do something for yourself…something to better yourself, learn more about yourself and be the person you can be,” she said.
Clare was also recognised by President of the Condobolin PAH&I Society Bruce Patton who thanked Clare for doing the Condobolin community and Condobolin Show Society proud and presented her a life membership to the show.
Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf who was the master of ceremonies for the evening said Clare was the epitome of a showgirl – self-assured, poised and graceful.

Clare awarded prestigious scholarship

Clare McDonald was awarded the Woolworths Agricultural Business ScholarshipSydney Royal Easter Showgirl Clare McDonald received another accolade last week after being nominated as one of three young agriculturalists by The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to take part in an intense scholarship program aimed at fast tracking their careers and securing the future of Australian agriculture.
Clare McDonald of Condobolin, Dougall Roberts of Tamworth, and Liz Pearson of Inverell are among 30 young people in the country selected to take part in the annual Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship, run in conjunction with the RAS and the University of Western Sydney.
Bernie O’Sullivan, RAS General Manager Agricultural Development, says the three were chosen for their passion, commitment and dedication to the future of a sustainable agricultural industry.
“Clare is the 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl, while Liz and Dougall have been the recipients of RAS Rural Achiever Awards.
“Working across agronomy, animal health and rural services sectors, the scholarship program will give them a valuable insight into how they can make a difference in their chosen fields of work,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
The 12-day course, held in September, covers topics such as business strategy and planning, the agricultural value chain, leadership skills, business finance, supply chain management, doing business with retailers, the role of government and sustainability issues.
Condobolin resident, 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl and Field Marketing Agronomist for AGnVet Services, Clare McDonald says the program will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the finer points in the agricultural product supply chain.
“My work as an agronomist with AGnVET Services sees me working in the paddock with farmers each day, who together with companies such as Woolworths have the mammoth task of feeding Australia.
“Given that large retail companies now have a greater influence on our agricultural product markets, in terms of demand and market value, it will be an invaluable experience to learn what aspects in turn influence them as a retailer.
“An understanding of the retailers’ business environment will also give me valuable insight to assist Australian producers grow the products being demanded by the market,” said Ms McDonald.
Students will listen to key speakers such as senior Woolworths’ staff, external experts and Sydney Royal award winning producers Jelm Pastoral Lamb and Serendipity Ice Cream. Students will also visit the 2008 RAS President’s Medal recipient Country Valley Dairy in Picton, along with one of Woolworths’ state of the art distribution centres and the famous Sydney Markets.
Greg Foran, Woolworths Director of Supermarkets said, the vast majority of Woolworths fresh produce is farmed in Australia so it makes sense for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders to get an insight into what makes a supermarket tick so those successful partnerships continue long into the future.

Picture perfect prizes for this year’s Show Ball

Only one week to go now until one of Condobolin’s social highlights of the year. Riding on the success of last year’s event, tickets are selling well for the annual Champagne Show Ball to be held at the SRA Pavilion on Saturday August 14.
The doors open at 8 p.m. with the presentation of entrants in this year’s Condobolin Showgirl competition to be announced shortly after.
Entrants will have been interviewed earlier in the day by the visiting judges and will be introduced to Ball patrons at 8.30 with the winner to be sashed by 2009 Condobolin Showgirl and 2010 Sydney Royal Showgirl, Clare McDonald.
A little later in the evening the announcement of Matron and Belle of the Ball and Best Dressed Gent will also be made with special prizes for this year’s winners donated by well-known photographer, Cindy Habel. The fabulous prize for each winner will be a photographic sitting with Cindy which will include an 8×10 and two 5 x 8 photos.
Ball patrons are reminded that a courtesy bus operates in the early and latter stages of the ball.
Commencing at 8 p.m. the bus will travel around Officers Parade and into the western end of Bathurst Street with a stop outside the former Parnaby’s store; continuing down to the Shell Service Station; then north on William Street before a right turn at Molong Street; right again into Denison Street to Foodworks; moving on to Lachlan Street and thence to the SRA Pavilion.
This run will continue until 10 p.m. and apart from designated stops, you can also board the bus by flagging the driver along the route.
Return trips will operate from 12.30 to 2.30 a.m. to your door, within the town limits.
If you have not yet purchased tickets, refer to the ad in this issue.
Further information: Carol-Ann Malouf, 6895 4025 b.h.

Time to sparkle

By Melissa Blewitt
It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and throw on your party dress for the Champagne Show Ball on Saturday 14th August.
The renowned community event will be held at the SRA Pavilion, with residents invited to attend for a night of fun, frivolity and fantastic fashion.
A night of festivities will include in the announcement of the 2010 Condobolin Showgirl, who will represent the Show Society at the Zone Finals early next year.
The presentation of the 2010 Condobolin Showgirl will take place at 8.30pm, and prizes for Matron and Belle of the Ball, and Best Dressed Gent will also be announced.
Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf said the Show Ball is a great place to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.
“Why not book a table and experience your birthday or special occasion in a unique way,” she said.
“It will be a wonderful night, so come along and share the evening with friends and family.”
After the formal presentation side of the evening, Show Ball patrons will be able to kick their heels up to the very entertaining band, Ogre Tones.
Tickets for the event are $35, and table bookings and tickets can be purchased at Fancy Feet.
Carol-Ann said it was important to note, that this year it was advance ticket sales only.
“This means show ball patrons must buy their tickets before they attend the Ball at the SRA Pavilion,” she said.
Patrons must BYO food and drink, and the dress code is Black Tie/Formal. All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The Ball begins at 8pm, and there will be strictly no admission after 11pm.
A courtesy bus is available, from 8pm to 10pm, with pick up from the Shell Service Station and within the town limits. The courtesy bus will also run from 12.30am to 2.30am, enabling show ball patrons to make it home safely from the event. A detailed bus route will be advertised at a later date.
“Ball patrons are urged to take advantage of a great service,” Show Ball Chairperson Sue Henley said.

Wanted – 2010 Condobolin Showgirl

With over $2000-worth of prizes on offer, Condobolin Show Society (PAH & I Association) is again looking for the young lady who will represent this town and district for the coming twelve months.
Prizes include $300 cash donated by the society and local agents, Frank Cooney & Son and Moncrieff Livestock & Property; dinners at the Condobolin Motor Inn and Oriental Restaurant; lunch at Romo’s; and gift vouchers from The White Picket Store, Fancy Feet, Melinda’s, Yours & Mine Vogue, the Swiss Watch Centre, Retravision, Style Magazine and RJ’s Salon.
To the generous sponsorship of these local businesses is added the fabulous prize of a June Dally-Watkins 5-Day Course, donated as it has been for many years, by Miss Dally-Watkins.
The winner will also attend a Personal Development Training Weekend hosted by Dubbo Show Society with the $300 cost being donated by Condobolin Show Society.
Previous Condobolin showgirls have found these two courses of huge value, not only on their road to the Zone Finals, next year to be held in March in Peak Hill, but also in honing their life skills, interview techniques, grooming, makeup and deportment. Above all, they also have fun and make a lot of new friends.
Fun and friendship are also components of the local competition and participation is what it’s all about, not necessarily winning.  So why not round up a few friends and enter the competition together – enjoy lunch with the judges followed by a 15-minute interview and then spend the evening at the Champagne Show Ball with family and friends.
At this year’s Condobolin Show, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August, entrants have the option of taking an active role, particularly in the Grand Parade and in assisting with the Junior Showgirl, Miss and Master Tiny Tot competitions.
The competition is not a beauty pageant – its aim is to find the young woman, aged between 18 and under 25 on 1 May 2011, who will be the best representative of Condobolin and district for the following twelve months.
Judges award points for personality, confidence, style, grooming and deportment, ambition and goals, and for general knowledge of local, national and international current events.
By entering the competition you are not only doing something for yourself, but also for the community as well as supporting your local Show. So if you are aged between 17 and under 25 on 1 May 2011, you are encouraged to think about entering this year’s competition.
Entry forms and further information can be obtained from show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf, ph 6895 2274 or 0427 119 535 or from stewardess Sue Mitchell, ph 6895 4371 b.h. or 6895 7605 a.h.

Australia’s Agricultural shows: The big picture

By 2009 Condobolin Showgirl Clare McDonald

One of the main draw cards of the showgirl competition for me was the possibility that I could be part of the event that helps to educate our city cousins on the ways of their country relatives.
For some, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is the only real chance they get to learn about rural life, ranging from learning that McDonald’s restaurants do actually exist on the other side of the mountains, through to learning that cartons do not miraculously produce milk.
They seem like the typical stereotyped image that is placed by rural Australia on Sydney-siders, and it’s an image I don’t personally like to re-iterate or dwell upon. But when I was asked by a Sydney general practitioner if the soil type changes across the paddock “were natural or because we imported them like that”, it really brought home to me that we, rural Australia, have a job ahead of us.
This lack of an agricultural education is no-one’s fault; you cannot know what you have not been taught, but I feel it is up to rural Australia to make sure our city cousins know the real story of the activities on the western side of the hill.
This is becoming even more critical given that rural Australia may not quite have the political swing it did during the days of Australia “riding on the sheep’s back”. Educating the Australian people on the advancements and positives of modern Australian agriculture is essential for our rural survival. We need to continue to make urban allies to increase the likelihood that our rural voice is heard.
I feel an important step in building that relationship is sound rural education activities, such as country shows.
Education, I believe, is one of the most critical aspects of any show.
A Condobolin child may learn what a sheep looks like that produces “wool” while attending the Condobolin Annual Show; a Sydney businessman can learn about the economic value of the Australian cattle industry when observing the steer auction at the Sydney Royal; and an Australian delegate to the recent Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in Scotland (to which Lyndsey Douglas was a delegate) can learn about the challenges faced in livestock production in New Guinea.
So while the agricultural show movement presents a great day out for families in rural Australia and a chance to show off what we are good at, the agricultural show movement plays a part in a much bigger role of ensuring the survival of rural Australia and the Australian agricultural industry. That, in particular, makes me so proud to be a part of the country show movement.

Showgirl Champers

What’s it all about?
It’s all about spending an hour with the 2010 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl and current Condobolin Showgirl, Clare McDonald, at a Showgirl Workshop where she will reveal handy hints, background information and tips on the competition.
With this year’s Condobolin Showgirl competition fast approaching, the workshop is aimed at not only encouraging prospective entrants in this year’s competition but also those who may consider entering in the future.
Attendees are under no obligation to actually enter the competition, but Clare’s insights may add further encouragement. Elements covered at the workshop will also be of benefit in facing job interviews.
If you are aged between 18 and 24, you are invited to relax with Clare over champagne, chicken and a chat at the Condobolin RSL Club on Friday 30 July at 6.30 p.m.
Bookings can be made with show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf on 0427 119 535.

Reception to honour Showgirl

In recognition of the outstanding achievements of Clare McDonald, the 2010 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl, Lachlan Shire Council, in conjunction with the Condobolin PAH & I Association, will hold a Civic Reception on Wednesday, August 4 in her honour.
Mayor of Lachlan Shire, Cr Des Manwaring and show society president, Bruce Patton, will welcome family and friends of Clare and members of the community who are invited to the Lachlan Shire Council Chambers to celebrate Clare’s success, a huge achievement not only for Clare but also for Condobolin and one which has again brought this town into the spotlight.
Clare’s road to the State title commenced in Condobolin last August when she became the 46th Condobolin Showgirl, qualifying to attend the Zone final in Dubbo in February this year.
From the 21 showgirls present at that final, three were selected to join the 15 finalists for the State title at this year’s Royal Easter Show.
Last year, over 500 young women throughout the State competed in local Showgirl competitions which seek the person most suitable to represent their local community, with judging criteria based on personality, confidence, ambition, life goals, general knowledge and community involvement.
Bookings for the reception are essential and can be made with Renea Meacham, Lachlan Shire Council, ph 6895 1903 or show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf, ph 6895 2274 or 0427 119 535.

Youth on the Show Scene

By Condobolin Showgirl and The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Clare McDonald

Do you remember as a 5-year-old entering your painting in the local show and then dragging all your family and your best friend through the pavilion to admire your first steps to becoming the newest Picasso?
My most vivid memory is that “The Green Girls” always won the vegetable growing section.
Then throughout high school some of the brilliant teenage artists of our community came out from hiding for just that one moment a year.
They are just a few of the stories of our younger community members’ involvement in the Condobolin show, let alone the youth involvement in the show movement statewide.
The show movement offers many great experiences, friendships and skill development opportunities through involvement with their numerous youth programs, both in individual towns, or through competing in regional, state or even national competitions.
Did you know that the agricultural show movement runs judging competitions in Merino Sheep, Meat Sheep, Fleece, Grain, Fresh Produce, Beef Cattle and Dairy Cattle along with the Showgirl competition, Rural Achiever/Ambassador competition and Beef Cattle Parading, all for people under the age of 25?
And that’s all without mentioning competing in the actual competitions themselves, such as preparing or presenting an animal or item at any show.
All of these competitions give young people the opportunity to network, similarly to playing representative sports between towns.
The showgirl competition has definitely allowed me to meet some amazing people from all across this state.
The Agricultural Societies Council Youth Group, with over a hundred members, is a great example of a strong group of young people dedicated to keeping the show movement going, and enjoys focusing on their networking skills. This is all particularly apt in a world that is more concerned with who you know, rather than what you know.
The opportunities to learn new skills and find confidence in new areas are also attributes that younger people can develop through the show movement and take with them through life.
For me, learning to speak in front of a crowd, present an opinion, then confidently state the reason why I chose that opinion, are some of the main things I have learnt during my showgirl experience.
You may not have recognised me a year ago as I mumbled my thoughts behind my hand, let alone when I was given a microphone to voice them!
If I could go back and do my time since school again, I would be putting my hand up to be more involved in the competitions offered by the show movement. Learning the skills, developing the friendships, building a name for yourself and the opportunities to travel with these skills are only the beginning of the things that I now know can be experienced.
After all, when was the last time you tried your hand at fleece judging? Or, what about the odd bull or Merino? I would think a scone judging competition could be highly competitive – what do you think? All the possibilities!
The 2010 Show Schedule which will be available in early July will outline some of the many opportunities that are available at the Condobolin Show.

Condo’s Clare Crowned

By Clare McDonald
Wow – what a week! Can we do that again? I can see my parents and partner cringing as they read this thinking, “No, once was enough!”
But seriously – can we? I would love to do all of it again! From being dressed in a ball gown to attend a Chinese dinner, to being “carted” around the Grand Parade in something resembling a 1900’s, horse-drawn stock crate, to seeing the faces of the children at Westmead Children’s Hospital as they pulled whoopi cushions out of their show bags, to battling through the cobwebs of the cellar of Camden Park Homestead. All in just five days!
Before attending the Royal Easter Show, I had some expectation of what the week would be like. I imagined early mornings, heavy make-up, hairspray, polite smiles, quiet words, appropriate actions, walk like a lady, be aware of the judges and making your presence known where appropriate, and of course, a nice dose of female competitiveness!
However after Gloucester’s Samantha took Her Excellency the Governor with her as she fell down the stairs, and Oberon’s Ashleigh told John Fairfax that his name sounded familiar only after he mentioned he had family in Oberon, I quickly realised I was surrounded by 14 other completely normal girls. Strange, but there didn’t appear to be one princess in sight!
The one thing all the girls did have in common – pride and a passion for rural Australia. They were all hoping to make a difference in their communities. From Quirindi’s electrician to Maitland’s journalist, they were all committed to ensuring the survival of rural life.
Judge, Jill Kilby, commented to me half way through the week that she did not care if your hat matched your shoes and belt – she was looking for someone who would be an enthusiastic and approachable ambassador for rural Australia and the country show movement. It was then that I realised the judges had a job ahead of them – the Sydney Royal Showgirls are all such remarkable, grounded women, with and without nail polish!
If I had to comment on the greatest thing about becoming The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl, it would be standing on a stage in front of thousands of show-goers with Condobolin written on my sash.
I stood on that stage not only representing the Condobolin community, but also proudly representing over 120 years of farming family history in the Condobolin district.
That is why I could not stand on any stage as an agricultural Showgirl representing any area other than Condobolin.

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