A long-standing A&P show tradition has been the journey of local young women through the show queen contest.
‘‘It’s not an old-fashioned beauty contest,’’ organiser Bayley Coates said.
‘‘It’s an opportunity for individual growth through challenging personal development.’’
This year’s contest recognised the strengths of each of its contestants and arrived at 20-year-old Clutha District Council administrator Lilly Paterson as the overall winner.
‘‘It’s awesome, I’m quite speechless,’’ Ms Paterson said, shortly after receiving the show queen title.
‘‘The highlight was definitely meeting the other girls and hanging out at the weekly catch-ups . . . My favourite activity was probably the horse riding.’’
‘‘My speech was on confidence and what that looks like to me.
‘‘I introduced myself with who I am and why I’m here and explained how confidence comes from who you are.
‘‘I talked about my goals for the future, and one of those is having a voice in the community and that voice contributing to why Clutha is a great place to live.’’
‘‘I’d definitely recommend taking the opportunity to be involved with show queens, it’s an experience that really brings you out of your shell,’’ Ms Paterson said.
The 2022 competition was contested by six young women who all picked up individual titles as they proved to the public and themselves how to build confidence by venturing out of their comfort zone in front of others.
‘‘We’re very proud of the ladies and the judges found choosing a winner very challenging,’’ Miss Coates said.
‘‘Ultimately, Lilly was chosen for her kind and positive attitude, her community involvement and her very well-given speech on show day.
‘‘We’re incredibly grateful for the huge support by our local businesses and sponsors and are looking forward to a full group of ladies contesting next year.’’