Hunt on for Naracoorte's next Rural Ambassador

NARACOORTE'S show society is on the hunt for its next Rural and Young Rural Ambassador.

Entries are now open for the award which identifies and encourages enthusiastic, skilful, industrious and unselfish young people in the community who have an interest in agriculture and agricultural shows.

The winners are announced at the Naracoorte Show each October.

Currently Brooke Harvie is the Rural Ambassador (aged 20 to 30) and Courtney Higgs is the Young Rural Ambassador (aged 16 to 19).

Naracoorte Show president Andrew Lock (left) and SA Country Shows past president Grant Waterman congratulate Brooke Harvie on winning the title of Rural Ambassador at the 2013 Naracoorte Show.

Naracoorte Show president Andrew Lock (left) and SA Country Shows past president Grant Waterman congratulate Brooke Harvie on winning the title of Rural Ambassador at the 2013 Naracoorte Show.

Brooke was thrilled to be selected to represent the SE in the State finals which will be held at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds this September.

She will compete against seven others from around SA for the title.

"I would definitely recommend doing it," she said.

"Just the experience, the people you get to meet, the insight into shows and the succession of youth has been fantastic...it also looks really good on your resume."

As a State finalist Brooke has been invited to the Royal Adelaide Show for a few days - she will get to tour the grounds, help out with a "Youth in Ag" day, and attend a special announcement dinner.

She will also be required to do a public presentation about her community and show involvement as well as be interviewed by a panel of judges.

"I'm getting really excited about it," Brooke said.

"It is a great program and highlights the importance of youth in the community, in agriculture and in country shows.

"Naracoorte has a very strong history of being successful (in the Rural Ambassador and the Young Rural Ambassador). 

"There has always been a good representation from Naracoorte, with the entrants often making it into the State finals."

Brooke's predecessor Chelsea Dahlenburg came second in the Rural Ambassador State finals last year and had the opportunity to go on a study tour around New Zealand.

Young Rural Ambassador Tom Brewer also had success, coming second in the State finals.

Anyone interested in applying or wanting to find out more information can email naracoorteshow@outlook.com.

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