Search for our showgirl of 2012
THE search for this year's Ipswich showgirl has come down to three participants.
Courtney Foster, Chantel Phillips and Danielle Wilkins will this weekend compete to represent the city at statewide showgirl competitions and potentially representing Queensland at the national competition this year held in Adelaide.
The winning girl will also be at the Ipswich Show presenting sashes and ribbons to exhibitors.
Despite only just being off crutches, a leg injury won't stop Ms Foster from taking part in the weekend's activities.
"I'm only just walking without crutches now after my horse fell on me," she said.
"I'll definitely still be taking part in the showgirl competition though."
A first-time entrant, Ms Foster said she had overcome nerves.
"It was a little overwhelming to begin with, but as it's getting closer I'm feeling a lot better about it."
Fellow first time competitor Chantel Phillips said the competition was chance to represent her city.
"It's a really great opportunity to represent Ipswich, first at the show and then at the other competitions," she said.
The three will take part in interviews with the competition's judges at the Ipswich show ball on Saturday night.
At the dinner they will discuss a range of topics with the judges before awaiting the final decision on the winner at the end of the evening.
Alongside the winning showgirl will be the show prince and princess as well as junior prince and princess, show queen and show matron. The ball will be held from 6.30pm on Saturday at the Showplace Reception Centre at the showgrounds.
The Ipswich Show will be held from Friday, May 18, through to Sunday, May 20.
The Ipswich Show Society is almost 150 years old, being founded in 1866.
Along with produce, exhibits and ring events the Ipswich Show will also feature a Ute Competition, Young Talent show and a pet parade.