PASSING THE BATON: Former Nanango Rural Ambassador Nathan Trace with 2019 Rural Ambassador Stacey Sanders at the dinner on March 30.
PASSING THE BATON: Former Nanango Rural Ambassador Nathan Trace with 2019 Rural Ambassador Stacey Sanders at the dinner on March 30. Contributed

Showgirl's journey to be an ambassador for her rural show

A FORMER Miss Showgirl has traded her skirts for jeans in her latest role with the Nanango Show Society.

Stacey Sanders was named the 2019 Nanango rural ambassador at the formal dinner held at the Nanango RSL on Saturday, March 30.

Miss Sanders is looking forward to getting to know a different side of the show.

"I'll be learning about my area in a completely different way, the agricultural side in our district," she said.

"I love the Nanango Show because it's a small country show that brings the community together and it's a good chance to catch up with family and friends."

She has been quite involved over the years from winning the Miss Teen title to entering other competitions such as the poultry, cooking, photography and the horses.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved going to the local shows," Miss Sanders said.

The 20-year-old former Miss Showgirl is looking forward to having a different view of the rural show.

"I'm really looking forward to doing a new pathway into the show movement," she said.

The 2018 Nanango Miss Showgirl went on to be the South Burnett Miss Showgirl representative at the Ekka last year.

"It was a good learning curve doing the road to the Ekka, a good learning curve and personal development that has been very valuable," Miss Sanders said.

"It was a really great experience, it allowed me to meet inspiring young women."

The showgirl representatives got to visit Parliament House and award the ribbons in the main rings.

Miss Sanders said she developed valuable life skills such as gaining confidence and learning how to be a better public speaker.

She has moved from Nanango to study education at the University of Sunshine Coast.

Miss Sanders plans to move back to a rural town to teach at a school.

"I'm hoping to take my career to a rural and remote area as I know the impact teachers can have in those small towns," she said.

The rural ambassador title has opened up more doors for Miss Sanders.

She will be a rural ambassador judge at the Crows Nest Show during May alongside last year's Nanango Rural Ambassador Nathan Trace, who was also the runner up at the 2019 Ekka event.