'Cowgirl' is our Queen
SHE is a true-blue cowgirl from Casino, with an easy smile, no-nonsense approach to life and love for the countryside and her family.
Amy Brooke Smith was crowned Queen of Casino Beef Week 2012 at a ceremony held on Saturday night.
We found her at Evans Head yesterday enjoying her day, wearing a cowboy hat and her sash.
When asked about her farming credentials, Ms Smith explained with a big smile that her family owns two cattle farms, one about 2000 acres and the residential one of "only 150 acres, that's the one we live on".
Although she works at a piggery, she conceded that she saw herself as a real cowgirl. Asked for her motivation to enter the pageant, she smiled and said: "We've always gone to Beef Week as a family, and when I was younger I dreamed of being the queen. Every girl wants to be a princess!" she said, and the big smile was back again.
Asked about what she found was the hardest part of the pageant, Ms Smith didn't think twice: "Getting organised! Choosing a dress was hard."
The final choice was a satin pink/purple dress fitted for her by Lismore's Mary Vidler.
Amy Smith said that the main factor that helped her to win the crown was "my background with cattle. I studied agriculture for a couple of years, I am fond of it and when you are really passionate about something, it makes it a lot easier".
With the crown and the sash, the new Beef Week Queen won a trip for two to Sydney with $500 spending cash, "plus free tickets to lots of things", she laughs.
Among her duties, Ms Smith will represent the Beef Week committee and Casino in a variety of public event during the year.
"I think there is a speech I have to prepare for a specific event or ceremony. It's a 40 minute speech! Hopefully I can do my best," she added with a giggle.