Gympie Showball- Runner up Myrella Corbet (left) with Miss Showgirl and Miss Charity winner Tania Clem
Gympie Showball- Runner up Myrella Corbet (left) with Miss Showgirl and Miss Charity winner Tania Clem Troy Jegers

Showgirl 2019 gets Gympie Show on track to win

BRILLIANT contributions by Gympie Showgirl Tania Clem and her fellow competitor Myrella Corbet have put the upcoming Gympie Show on track to success and a return to profitability, a beaming Show Society president Graham Engeman said on Sunday.

Regional shows have faced challenges in recent years, but Mr Engeman said early bookings for outside exhibiting had ensured a return to profitability, along with an amazing $50,000 fundraising effort by showgirl competitors, he said.

Greens Creek's Tania Clem won the Miss Charity fundraising event at Saturday night's Show Ball, held at Gympie State High School's Hamilton Hall.

Her amazing $38,564 contribution was helped along by about $28,000 from a stunningly successful Bull and Bronc event, he said.

Myrella Corbet's $11,000 contribution took the total to within a whisker of $50,000

.

Brookelynne Davies and Caleb Harris
Brookelynne Davies and Caleb Harris Troy Jegers

"We've never raised less than $25,000 and I think the most was in the high 50s,” he said, adding that this was usually the work of between three and five fundraising entrants.

"So for two girls to raise $50,000 is a hell of a boost,” he said.

It was all a promising start to the Gympie Show season, with the next big event the Show itself, in less than three weeks.

"We've had some difficult years, but this year's will be back in the black,” he said.

Gympie Show Ball - Joel Sheehan and Alinta Herrington
Gympie Show Ball - Joel Sheehan and Alinta Herrington Troy Jegers

Another good reason was the pre-booking of almost all outside exhibition space.

Gympie Show Ball - Maureen Perry , Paul Wyllie and Ann Long
Gympie Show Ball - Maureen Perry , Paul Wyllie and Ann Long Troy Jegers

"Machinery Alley is completely booked out,” he said. "Last year, a lot of exhibitors booked for this year immediately after the show.”

Gympie Show Ball - Peter Barker and Alice Benfer
Gympie Show Ball - Peter Barker and Alice Benfer Troy Jegers

Miss Clem was named Miss Showgirl at what Mr Engeman described as a "brilliant night.”

Gympie Show Ball - Trish Tweed, Peter Tweed, Anette Bambling
Gympie Show Ball - Trish Tweed, Peter Tweed, Anette Bambling Troy Jegers

Ring events chief steward John Warren was equally proud, especially of his protege and energetic ring events volunteer, Miss Clem.

"The Ring Committee entrant won - and you can't do any better than that,” Mr Warren said.

"Her fundraising was a huge effort, helped by her great family, especialle mum and dad, Narelle and Col Clem.”

Gympie Show Ball - Jodi and Brian Coyne
Gympie Show Ball - Jodi and Brian Coyne Troy Jegers

Miss Clem said she had been involved in the Ring events and involved with livestock and horse riding "pretty well since I was born.”

"We had our cocktail hour and were joined by the Mayor Mick Curran and councillors and other officials.

Gympie Show Ball - Benjimen Studin and Lily Van Dorrestein
Gympie Show Ball - Benjimen Studin and Lily Van Dorrestein Troy Jegers

"Then we had a dance and we had to give an impromptu speech based on our answers to six questions - and we didn't know what those questions were until we were on our feet,” she said.

"I had a feeling I might win the Charity event, but the Showgirl win was completely a shock,” she said.

A hairdresser most days, she also has her jobs to do on the family's Greens Creek property.

Gympie Show Ball - Mathew Willson, Kate Groves and Glen Hartwig
Gympie Show Ball - Mathew Willson, Kate Groves and Glen Hartwig Troy Jegers
John and Vicki Warren, bob fredman, Robyn and Ray Zerner
John and Vicki Warren, bob fredman, Robyn and Ray Zerner Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Kirsty Grattidge, Troy Grattidge, Ian Frampton and Debbie Frampton
Gympie Show Ball - Kirsty Grattidge, Troy Grattidge, Ian Frampton and Debbie Frampton Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Sharon Dunn, Louise Angold, Noela Nolan and Kay Sproxton
Gympie Show Ball - Sharon Dunn, Louise Angold, Noela Nolan and Kay Sproxton Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Tony and Michelle Perrett, Graham and Margret Engeman, Sue and Mick Curren, Correne and Bob Leitch, Sharon and Llew OBrien
Gympie Show Ball - Tony and Michelle Perrett, Graham and Margret Engeman, Sue and Mick Curren, Correne and Bob Leitch, Sharon and Llew OBrien Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Sarah Niemand, Lesley Groves, Kate Groves
Gympie Show Ball - Sarah Niemand, Lesley Groves, Kate Groves Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Kerrod Rose and Erin Rose
Gympie Show Ball - Kerrod Rose and Erin Rose Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Rebecca Rose and Kylie Brown
Gympie Show Ball - Rebecca Rose and Kylie Brown Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Ebony Whalley, Sarah Ludlow, Tahlia Doyle, Linda Collins, Julie Sauer, Cole Messer, Lucille Perkins, Gloria Browne, Gay Tritton, Sarah-Jane Owen, Stephanie Mitchell
Gympie Show Ball - Ebony Whalley, Sarah Ludlow, Tahlia Doyle, Linda Collins, Julie Sauer, Cole Messer, Lucille Perkins, Gloria Browne, Gay Tritton, Sarah-Jane Owen, Stephanie Mitchell Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Ian Morgan , Jaylenne Morgan, Carmel Kahler, Graham Kahler
Gympie Show Ball - Ian Morgan , Jaylenne Morgan, Carmel Kahler, Graham Kahler Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Darren Prosser, Sheresse Kahler, Narelle Cleo, Colin Clem
Gympie Show Ball - Darren Prosser, Sheresse Kahler, Narelle Cleo, Colin Clem Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Tania Clem, Tyron Schefe, Carleen Schefe, Barry Schefe
Gympie Show Ball - Tania Clem, Tyron Schefe, Carleen Schefe, Barry Schefe Troy Jegers
Gympie Show Ball - Ian Fletcher, Russell Jensen, Melina Fletcher, Yvonne Jensen, Merv Welch, Casie Webb
Gympie Show Ball - Ian Fletcher, Russell Jensen, Melina Fletcher, Yvonne Jensen, Merv Welch, Casie Webb Troy Jegers
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