2017 Finley Showgirl Maicie Close has become the first Finley Showgirl chosen to represent not only the community, but also the Zone, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Chosen alongside Henty Showgirl Emily Jones, Maicie spent a busy week in Sydney over the course of the Royal Show.
As an early childhood educator, Maicie said one of the highlights of her week was visiting the Westmead Hospital, where the Showgirls delivered showbags to the ill children. The finalists also met and were sashed by NSW Governor David Hurley, as well as meeting politicians at Sydney's Parliament House.
At the show, the finalists also helped present sashes at the livestock competitions between more formal duties, including dinners and interviews in front of the show crowd.
Although she missed out on a top three finish in the state final, Maicie said being involved in the six-day development program associated with the showgirl competition was a great learning experience.
Her experience resulted in her volunteering to take on the role of Showgirl Coordinator for the year, encouraging other young women to enter the competition.
"As the Finley Show coordinator I can use my experience to try and get more girl's involved in the showgirl movement. It's not a beauty pageant like most people think it is: it's about networking, connections and friendships. You also attend a personal development day in Sydney."
Anyone interested in entering the Showgirl competition this year should contact Maicie. More information can be found here.