Finley Show week kicked off on Friday night with the ‘100 Shows Dinner’ and 2017 Showgirl competition launch.
More than 90 people attended the dinner at the Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre.
Past Finley Show Society president and MC for the night Ian Mason welcomed all guests and introduced this year’s four showgirl entrants — Michelle Barnes, Shania Bentley, Maicie Close and Georgia McGrath.
During the evening Mr Mason also interviewed a number of guests about their memories of the show.
Show Society president Keith Kennedy said it was a wonderful event in the lead up to the 100th Finley Show, which is this Sunday.
‘‘It was an excellent night catching up with old friends and colleagues. Reminiscing about past shows and listening to interviews from the guests made it even more enjoyable.’’
During the night, Mr Mason asked each showgirl contestant a few questions about themselves, including their plans for the future and why they entered the competition.
This gave judges John Hawkins, Gabrielle Coupland and Bridget Tegart an opportunity to complete their judging.
Mrs Coupland — the 1992 Finley showgirl — congratulated each entrant and encouraged them to continue to contribute to their community.
Maicie Close — whose great, great grandfather JT Close was the first Finley Show president — was announced as the 2017 Finley showgirl.
Also during the night, new Finley Show Society committee member Aimee Snowden spoke about her experience as a 2016 RAS Rural Achiever and her time at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Pat Hawkins was the winner of the raffle, which was a hamper comprising of local products.
Concluding the evening was the cutting of the ‘100 Finley Shows’ cake, which was donated by ‘Cakes by Micka’ and Finley Bakery and Patisserie in honour of the late Maree Richardson.
One of the Show Society’s oldest life members, Finley Dawe, was given the honour of cutting the cake.
Mr Dawe spoke about his time as vice president and his intentions of becoming president but ‘‘they found someone better’’ in the late Doug Mason.
The night also saw the launch of ‘100 Shows, 104 Years - A History of the Finley A. & P. Association’ book, which was compiled by local woman Victoria Kennedy.
The Finley Show Society would like to thank sporting groups of the Apex Sports and Community Centre for the catering services at the dinner.
■For full show details see pages 8 & 9.