TICKLED PINK: Tayla Maloney was named Casino Miss Showgirl for 2013, at the Casino Show on Saturday.
TICKLED PINK: Tayla Maloney was named Casino Miss Showgirl for 2013, at the Casino Show on Saturday. Doug Eaton

Show’s leading lady

BEING crowned Casino Showgirl isn't about looks it's about being one of the locals, according to this year's winner Tayla Maloney.

The Casino woman, who is studying to become a school teacher, said she was "proud" and "excited" to have taken out the title on Saturday as Casino Show's leading lady.

The competition, which is run every year, looks to crown one woman as an ambassador for the community.

Entrants are put through a series of rigorous tests that showcase their knowledge of rural agriculture and their general knowledge of politics and other areas.

The competitors are also expected to give a speech to reveal elements of their personality.

Ms Maloney said winning the competition may have been attributed to the number of years she has lived in Casino.

"I've been brought up with the show," Ms Maloney said.

"My pop was a past president and nana and pop are life members, so it's just ingrained in my family."

The crowned showgirl spent most of Saturday awarding ribbons to other things best in show, including cattle, horses and poultry.

However, she said she was most looking forward to taking some time out to test her skills on side show alley, or grabbing a dagwood dog.

"I will meet lots of different people in different areas of the show, but I'm looking forward to trying my luck on side show alley later," Ms Maloney said.

As ambassador for the show, Ms Maloney said the Casino show is something that brings the whole community together.

"The show is just a vehicle to bring us all together, and the atmosphere has been great out here today," she said.

One community member who was having fun with her two young children was Tanya Reeves, who supports the country show every year.

"The show is a great day for young families, as we can come along and all have a great time and not spend a fortune,' Ms Reeves said.

This year's event was the 123rd annual Casino Show.



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