Snap decision wins show quest
RACHEL Bennett was declared this year's Alstonville Show Girl at the weekend's show.
The 19-year-old photographer said winning the crown was a real confidence boost.
"I thought why not, I've got nothing to lose," Ms Bennett said, while commenting on why she decided to enter.
"It's a bit of fun...and I love getting dressed up."
And with only one other entrant she knew she had at least a 50% chance of winning. There had been a third entrant but she pulled out.
The contest saw Ms Bennett lunching with Page MP Janelle Saffin and the NSW Minister for the North Coast Don Page, as well as answering some tricky questions from the judging panel.
Ms Bennett was grilled on local politics and farming, but the hardest question was what she would do if she was given a large sum of money.
Her answer was to spend it on more local cancer treatments options.
Ms Bennett said cancer had touched the lives of her friends and family and she had come to appreciate how important it was to have treatment options in Lismore.
The 123rd Alstonville show has been declared a success with good crowds and a great atmosphere.
Woodchoppers made a return to the show for the first time since the 1960s.
It also hosted dog trials, the dog show and a horse program, which featured a Palomino show.
Yesterday, a camp draft with $2500 prize money was also held as part of the show.