Annalise McDonald has been crowned the 2020 Nowra Showgirl.
The 21-year-old Falls Creek resident took out the title at the Nowra Showgirl Competition judging day on Saturday, November 23.
Chipo Machingura from Worrigee was awarded the runner-up.
Annalise, along with the four other Nowra Showgirl entrants, enjoyed lunch and a number of interviews and presentations before the winner was announced on Saturday night.
One of this year's topics of discussion was the debate surrounding the showgirl competition name.
Annalise said it's a topic that has caused much debate in the agricultural show arena recently, with some arguing it's off-putting or demeaning and turning potential entrants off.
"We were asked whether we thought the showgirl name should be changed which led to a really interesting conversation," Annalise said.
"I love the traditional name so to see a name change, I then questioned would it change the whole process?"
After hearing the opinions of the other showgirl entrants, Annalise said she had a change of heart.
"I listened to all the other girls and they were all for it and in the end, my opinion changed. I think it's okay for the competition to change as long as what it stands for stays the same."
Annalise said some of the options discussed included calling it Rural Women or Rural Ambassador.
A 40 minute interview followed, where Annalise said she covered everything from local political issues, to national debates.
Milk prices and the impact on local dairy farmers from the government's decision to not regulate the industry was another topic of conversation.
Each entrant was also asked to share what section of the show they would become more involved in, given the choice.
For Annalise, it was something a little different.
"I'm a horse girl and a dairy girl at heart so I chose the woodchopping which I think would be really interesting," she said.
Annalise said the winner's announcement came as a complete shock.
"I really didn't know what to say, I didn't think I was going to win," she said.
"I'm absolutely honoured. The whole showgirl experience has been wonderful and meeting all the girls has been amazing. I've made friends for life."
Annalise congratulated runner-up, Chipo Machingura.
"The presentation she gave was absolutely amazing, and I really thought her whole story was so inspirational," she said.
Annalise will now compete in the Zone 2 final in February, 2020 at Hawkesbury. If successful, she will then head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April to compete in The Land Showgirl competition.
The judges commented that all five showgirl entrants were "incredible ambassadors for the region and should be very proud of all they achieved."
About Annalise McDonald: Sponsored by Reg Cochrane Pastoral
Annalise, 21, from Falls Creek is currently working as a dairy hand in Pyree.
In her spare time, Annalise enjoys horse riding, particularly Show Jumping, with her horses Trevor and Spartacus.
This year is Annalise's first working in the agricultural industry and she has aims to further develop her skills in this area by pursuing study in the future.
Annalise is involved in the Nowra Show Society and ASC Next Gen as a Group 5 delegate.
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