Keiley O'Brien announced as Narromine's 2018 Showgirl, photos

Members of the community gathered together at Soul Foods for the annual Narromine Showgirl ball. 

The title was claimed by 22-year-old Keiley O'Brien, with Karly Bourke awarded runner-up, and according to Showgirl coordinator Sarah Weir the judges had a tough decision to make between eight fabulous candidates. 

This year’s event, which Ms Weir said was their “best one yet”, sold out with 151 people attending.

Showgirl entrants included Samantha Paine, Karly Bourke, Keiley O'Brien, Sarah Moody, Jordan Bakac, Holly Monaghan, Katrine Rasmussen and Sam Reid.

The local showgirl competition seeks to select a young woman to become not only an ambassador for the community, but the face of Narromine.

The ladies are judged on a number of categories including personality, confidence, life goals and ambitions.  They are also judged on presentation, speech and are asked to demonstrate their involvement in the community and knowledge of current affairs.

Miss O’Brien currently works at Wideland Ag and Construction while she is studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Business through the University of New England and hopes to pursue a career in Agriculture which she says is an “exciting industry” and the “backbone of our region”.

Despite only moving to Narromine two years ago she said she finds the community “very welcoming and friendly”. 

This year the Showgirl ball hosted a raffle raising $710 for Buy a Bale.

“Being an agricultural Show Society we have a lot of farmers and people in the industry in our committee and really it's one of the biggest issues in rural NSW at the moment with the drought,” Ms Weir said.

“We thought instead of keeping the money, it would certainly go to a better cause of helping our farmers,” she said.

“A massive thank you to our sponsors, because without them we wouldn't have a ball, we wouldn't have a competition … without the support of our local community we would be nothing,” Ms Weir said. 

Miss O’Brien will be at the Narromine Show from August 31 until September 1.