Lady in red can?t stop to celebrate
By HELEN JACK
ALSTONVILLE Showgirl Shannon Johnston's red lace dress was just the thing to help her on her way to winning this year's showgirl competition.
Ms Johnston, 21, said she spotted it in the window of a shop in Toowoomba where she attends the University of Southern Queensland.
"I was walking past and saw it on a rack and I liked the colour," she said.
Ms Johnston said she enjoyed participating in the competition.
"It was great experience, I learnt a lot," she said.
"I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
"Participating has given me more confidence, not only to stand up in front of other people and speak, but within myself as well."
Ms Johnston said she entered the competition because she wanted to be a part of the show.
"My family has been involved in the show for many years and it's just something I have wanted to do for a long time," she said.
"I have no regrets at all. I am really glad I did it."
Ms Johnston said she was looking forward to celebrating her win with her family and friends.
"I am really excited that I have won and I would love to be celebrating but I have exams first thing on Monday morning," she said.
Miss Showgirl, Kalila FrewenLord, 16, said her little sister picked her black satin dress for the competition.
"My sister Rhiannon, 14, liked it and thought it was a little different," she said.
"And I thought so too."
Ms Frewen-Lord said she was following in her family's footsteps by entering the competition.
"A lot of my family had entered before and I thought it was time to have a go," she said.
"It was also a way for me to get to know Alstonville a little better through a different set of eyes.
"Winning was a huge surprise and being involved has been a big boost to my confidence."
Showgirl competition organiser Bob Wilson said this year's show was the best for many years.
"They are a wonderful group of girls," he said.