Steph takes Showgirl win to the next level
STEPHANIE Perrett has struck gold for Gympie by taking out the Near North Coast Showgirl title.
The 2016 Gympie Showgirl was named regional winner at a gala event at the Nambour Showgrounds on Saturday night.
The win takes Stephanie to the state finals at the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane in August where she will represent 15 regional shows affiliated with the Near North Coast sub chamber, including Gympie, Fraser Coast, Caboolture, Noosa, Redcliffe and Samford.
Gympie's Tiffany Newcombe also did her home town proud as a regional finalist in the Rural Ambassador competition.
Both Stephanie and Tiffany won the praise of Gympie Show Society secretary Donna Dodson who posted on Facebook, "What a winning night!!!! Congratulations Steph and Tiffany Newcombe you ladies have done Gympie proud. Steph for winning the Near North Coast regional finals and Tiffany as a finalist for Rural Ambassador. You ladies won the hearts of many at last nights dinner".
In her own Facebook post, an elated Stephanie said, "So excited to announce that I am the winner of Near North Coast Showgirl for 2016".
"Thank you to my family, wonderful and supportive partner Sam, my show committee and community.
"A massive thank you also goes to Cindy (Vogels) for designing my stunning dress for this evening and to Karen (Bazzan) for her amazing mentoring and support along the journey."
The daughter of Member for Gympie Tony and Michele Perrett, Stephanie, said she looked forward to working with and representing the Near North Coast and the Gympie region at the Royal Ekka in August.