In June Mikaela Tapp was named the Cloncurry and District Showgirl winner in the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl contest but today she won the competition.
Congratulations to Mikaela Tapp who video messaged everyone in her home town of Cloncurry saying she won the 2018 Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl 2018.
“I want to thank everyone back home for all the support and congratulatory wishes – it’s very comforting to know you all are here with me while I’m at the Ekka,” Ms Tapp said.
As the winner of the prestigious competition, Ms Tapp will be an ambassador for the Agricultural Show circuit over the next 12 months.
Along with encouraging and promoting the local show scene to Queensland youth.
Ms Tapp admited she has never been to the Ekka before.
“I am very excited for the Ekka has to offer and I’m looking forward to forming new friendships with the other showgirls.
The whirlwind trip saw the Showgirls visiting Queensland Country Life, Government House for afternoon tea, Parliament House and a sponsored dinner.
“At the sponsored dinner we got to meet the judges by introducing ourselves and answering questions they had for each of us.”
“For the whole week we are judged on our etiquette, appearance, and our personality – It’s not a beauty contest – it's more about being a good ambassador for Queensland Shows and your local sub-chamber,” she said.
It's very exciting, I’ve had so much support from the local community. Everyone is excited to have a local girl going to the Ekka.Mikaela Tapp
“On Thursday we spent time at the Ekka and it was fantastic especially to be a part of it as a Showgirl.”
When the final judging and naming occured, the Showgirls were interviewed and answered general knowledge questions about the sponsors of the event and the Queensland Show movement.
The support Ms Tapp has had from the community and her family over the last few months has been inspiring.
“I’ve had so much support from the local community.
“I’d like to encourage other people to get involved with the Miss Showgirl contest because it is a great thing for personal growth and for the community.
“The more girls we have the more fundraising we can do and the more events we can hold where you can learn public speaking and other aspects like etiquette,” she said.
The State Title of Miss Showgirl and the Runner-up are voted on by the judges however the third category Miss Popular is voted on by the Showgirls.