This year’s Young Rural Ambassador awards had an influx of worthy contestants with eight girls putting their hand up, six of which were from the Tablelands.
Layne Cureton of Mareeba, Imogen Newton and Catherine English from Malanda/Upper Barron, Lauren Mather from Tolga, Morgan McDermid from Mt Garnet and Kirra Johnson from Kairi all applied for the Young Rural Ambassador award.
The award identifies outstanding young people who have demonstrated a strong commitment to rural industries, their local communities and have active involvement and passion for the Australian agricultural show movement.
Catherine English was crowned the Young Rural Ambassador of 2020 last Saturday and is expected to represent The Cairns Show Association and the local community as the Rural Ambassador.
Judging was based on the entrants’ questionnaire that they filled out to apply for the Rural Ambassador award, a short video presentation, formal interviews and then a public presentation.
Competition Coordinator Amanda Hunter was excited about this year’s competition.
“I didn’t envy the judges, we had a lot of really good entrants as always,” she said.
“Sometimes the judging is a difficult process when all the entrants are so passionate.
“It’s always great to see the entrants talk about their views and ideas for the future so passionately.”
The 2020 Cairns show will run from July 15 to July 17 at the Cairns Showground.