Michelle’s our regional ambassador

April 18, 2018

Riley Wilson of Cobram, Finley's Michelle Barnes, Paige Cleave of Shepparton, Eliza Purtell of Berrigan and Emily Major of Rochester at the regional final on Saturday.

Finley’s Michelle Barnes is the Goulburn Valley Riverina Shows Association’s Junior Show Ambassador for 2018.

Miss Barnes represented the Finley Show Society at the regional final in Shepparton on Saturday night, competing against other entrants from Cobram, Berrigan, Rochester and Shepparton.

She will now go on to contest the Victorian state final in Ballarat in June.

Miss Barnes said it was an ‘‘amazing feeling’’ to be announced the winner.

‘‘I’m really happy I was able to represent Finley at the awards,’’ she said.

‘‘I felt confident going into the competition.’’

The five contestants were each interviewed by three judges and then presented a prepared speech on ‘The importance of newspapers in our daily life’.

‘‘I think a lot of younger people sometimes take newspapers for granted,’’ Miss Barnes explained.

‘‘If the internet is down then the first thing we turn to is the newspapers, and it also provides details on what is happening throughout the town.’’

Miss Barnes also explained to the judges her work throughout the Finley community including volunteering for the Finley Show Society.

Show Society secretary Carol Kennedy said Miss Barnes was a worthy ambassador for the society and her community at the finals.

‘‘Michelle’s win is a reflection on what Finley has to offer, particularly on the back of Maicie Close’s recent performance in Showgirl competitions.’’

Miss Close was the first woman from Finley to be selected to contest the Showgirl competition at state level, which was judged at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Saturday’s event also included regional competitions for pavilion entries, with a number of prizes coming back to the Southern Riverina.

Winners were:

●Shirley Coldwell (Barooga) - Open Photography.

●Victoria Kennedy (Berrigan) - Carrot Cake.

●Billie Matheson (Finley)- Junior Carrot and Date Muffins.

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