The South West subchamber is beaming with pride after several of its competitors notched up some impressive wins at the recent Brisbane Exhibition.

Nell Blackley, representing the Taroom Show Society, won the prestigious Queensland dark rich fruit cake competition for 2015.

Mrs Blackley said she never expected the win in her ‘wildest dreams’.

“It’s been lovely to do something for the towns of Taroom and Wandoan, and also the South West region,” Mrs Blackley said.

Wandoan Showgirl Mkarla James was awarded the Queensland Country Life Miss Popular Showgirl title. The award is voted by the Showgirl finalists, and Mkarla said it was overwhelming to think her peers thought so much of her.

“My week at Ekka as a state Showgirl finalist was an incredible opportunity, and I definitely encourage other women to have a go at this competition for the experiences it can offer,” Mkarla said.

Samara Hoffman, Melinda Cann, Bob Walsh and Leon Polzin, representing the Chinchilla Show Society, combined their skills to win the popular Queensland farmers challenge competition. The four will travel to Adelaide next year to compete for the national title.

Greg and Kel Kelly from Juandah Grazing at Guluguba took the honours in the prime cattle section, after they won the champion pen of three steers. The class attracted competitors from throughout Queensland and New South Wales.


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