Clancy claims Grafton Showgirl honour

ON SHOW: Cassie Timmins and Nadine Sedger with their alpacas in the show ring at the 147th Grafton Show on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
ON SHOW: Cassie Timmins and Nadine Sedger with their alpacas in the show ring at the 147th Grafton Show on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

CLANCY Attwater has hung her 2013 Grafton Showgirl sash in pride of place above her bed.

Ms Attwater said the secret to taking out the title was just being herself and being natural.

One of the benefits of entering the Showgirl competition was the chance to spend the entire day at the show.

"I got to have a really good look around this year and it was a great turnout which was good to see because it's been a little down over the last couple of years," Ms Attwater said.

She said her personal highlight was the rodeo and as Ms Attwater does cattle work on her parent's Swan Ck property, on horseback, it was a good opportunity to see some local skills.

"It's just great seeing so many young kids getting into the sport," she said.

"I thought there was a lot of talent in the competition this year."

Ms Attwater will now participate in the regional showgirl competition.

In terms of preparation she is hoping a few tips from last year's winner will be the key.

"I've been taking to Lisa Green, last year's winner and just trying to absorb as much as possible."

Show society secretary Sue Patricks described both entrants, Ms Attwater and Alice Clifton, as very nice girls.

"It was very difficult to pick between the two," she said.

After a lengthy build-up and plenty of hard work, Grafton Show society president Allan Morgan said he was relieved to see the weather co-operate and make a great day.

Mr Morgan said the turnout was a big improvement on last year.

"I'm yet to see a full round-up, but I think we would have crushed last year's figures," he said.

"I'm expecting to be very happy with the result."

"I was in the bull ring last night and when I looked around just about every seat in the stadium was full, which was really satisfying."

He said he could not choose a personal highlight from the day because there was so much going on.

"But I guess I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the bull ride," Mr Morgan confessed.

The Valley's agricultural sector has been hit hard this year by the floods, something which was reflected at the show, but Mr Morgan said there was still a handful of stand-outs.

He said the numbers in the cattle section were a little down but the quality was still very high.

Goats and alpacas proved to be two of the newly emerging sections, with continuous growth year on year.

Mr Morgan said the local vege- tables were obviously a little flood-affected but there were still some great entries and the poultry section is going from strength to strength.

"I didn't get to go on any rides," Mr Morgan said.

"But the Storm Trooper looked to be the most popular; it turns you upside down and around."

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