Girls on show with their very best go
Picture: JACKLYN WAGNER
By DAWN COHEN
FOR Bachelor of Arts student Shannon Johnston, the icing on her degree would be winning the Zone One Showgirl Finals at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre tonight.
The Alstonville finalist does not see the competition as behind-the-times.
"It is traditional, but not old-fashioned," said the 21-yearold from Wollongbar.
"I think it is a great promotion for the area."
Twelve finalists, from Taree to Murwillumbah, will compete to represent this zone at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Judging begins at 8.30am today.
"I have been to the show every year of my life," Shannon said.
"I have wanted to be a showgirl since I was little."
Sell-out bookings have brought 240 people to the area.
"It is the culmination of all shows," said event co-ordinator Bob Wilson.
"People will be staying in Ballina, buying flowers and getting their hair done."
What is Shannon looking forward to most?
"The formal dinner, with all my friends and family," she said.
Mr Wilson said Shannon would be joined by other contestants representing their towns.
Amongst others, these include: Sarah Firth, of Bangalow, Miranda Saunders, of Lismore, Rebecca Scofield, of Casino, Jane Wilson, of Kyogle, and Sally-Ann Burke, of Mullumbimby.