by Vanessa Jarrett
CALLIDE VALLEY Show Miss Showgirl Jess Rixon and Rural Ambassador Domonqiue Woodrow travelled to Rockhampton last weekend to compete in the Central Queensland sub-chamber finals; both came away with a win.
Domonique was awarded runner up while Jess took home the biggest trophy of all: CQ Miss Showgirl.
"I definitely didn't think I would win, I thought I might have the chance to win the Bilo show and that might be it," Jess said.
"It is a bit scary to think I will be going to the Ekka now to represent CQ."
The ladies took part in a weekend with eight other finalists from all around CQ.
They took tours of the CQ Livestock Exchange complex in Gracemere where they were judged on etiquette and interaction.
After some mingling, the ladies took part in judges' interviews before impromptu speaking on stage at the awards dinner.
"There was a lot of good competition with a lot of lovely girls," Jess said.
"It was more nerve- racking in Bilo because I knew everyone and you have higher expectations in your home town."
Jess is the third Callide Valley Showgirl in 35 years to be going to the Ekka in Brisbane in August.
Jess said she is looking forward to it.
"Just hope to have fun and keep meeting new people," Jess said.
"Enjoy the experience and have a good time overall, not focus on winning."
Jess will be competing against 11 other girls from various sub-chambers across Queensland.
"I would love to win to get Bilo's name out there," she said.
"There is a lot of competition out there, a lot of the other girls do a lot more training."
Domonique was also pleased with her result and enjoyed her time at the CQ sub-chamber round.
"It was good personal development and just getting better at public speaking, which is not a strong point of mine," Domonique said.
Achieving runner up was a surprise for Domonique, who also thought she wouldn't get further than the local show.
"I just threw my hat in the ring and gave it a go, not disappointed at all, I am happy with it," she said.
Next year, the Callide Valley Agricultural and Pastoral Society will be hosting the CQ sub-chamber round in Biloela and Domonique encourages everyone to enter.
"It's good to be a part of, Rural Ambassador is not just for females but males as well, you just have to be 20-30 years old," she said.
"You don't even have to live on a rural property;
you just have to be passionate about the rural industry. "