Ambassador for show announced

RURAL AMBASSADORS: Outgoing Young Rural Ambassador Aidan Marshall congratulating 2019 SCSA Young Rural Ambassador Bridget Johansen and Rural Ambassador Lauren Osborne, with outgoing Rural Ambassador Nicole Filsell.
RURAL AMBASSADORS: Outgoing Young Rural Ambassador Aidan Marshall congratulating 2019 SCSA Young Rural Ambassador Bridget Johansen and Rural Ambassador Lauren Osborne, with outgoing Rural Ambassador Nicole Filsell.

Lauren Osborne, 24, representing Uraidla Show was announced as the 2019 Southern Country Shows Rural Ambassador, in the 20 to 30 years age group of the Ambassador competition.

Bridget Johansen, 17, also from Uraidla Show, took out the 16 to 19 years age group.

The presentations were made at the Strathalbyn Lutheran Church Hall at the Southern Country Shows annual dinner held on Saturday, April 27, after a judging earlier in the afternoon.

Fifty people attended the event, with representatives from all of the seven shows of the Association: Murray Bridge, Yankalilla, Strathalbyn, Port Elliot, Coonalpyn, Callington and Uraidla.

Special guests on the evening were life members Michael Scott, Carol Youles, Rex Liebelt, patron Phil Miegel, 2018 Northern Young Rural Ambassador George Seppelt and CDSA president Rosie Schultz.

Lauren and Bridget, as Rural Ambassadors, both received their prizes which were sponsored by PIRSA and the Agricultural Societies Council of SA 'SA Country Shows'.

Lauren is a physiotherapist who is actively involved in her community, including the Uraidla Show her whole life where she is currently on the committee, as well as playing netball, football, and participating in fundraisers, working bees, and managing local social media pages.

Bridget is a year 12 student who enjoys drawing, sketching, painting, writing stories, and travelling. Bridget has volunteered on large sheep stations and offers to help out most local sporting clubs. She has helped out at Uraidla Show for many years, and exhibited art, craft and photography.

SCSA president Julianne Wandel secretary Rex Liebelt conducted the presentations.

Thanks were conveyed to Gayle Garrett and other helpers on the day for their assistance.

2017 SCSA Rural Ambassador Nicole Filsell conducted the "meet the entrants" segment, interviewing all entrants before the crowd.

Outgoing Young Rural Ambassador Aidan Marshall spoke on his year as an ambassador, before handing over his reign.

Lauren and Bridget are both now state finalists, representing the Southern association against entrants from Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Northern Districts, Central Districts, Murraylands and South East and Border Shows later this year.

Judges for the evening were NASA (Northern Shows) secretary Helen Schiller, 2017 State finalist and Northern Young Rural Ambassador George Seppelt, and Royal Adelaide Show sponsorship manager Jackie Marsh.

The judges were impressed with Lauren and Bridget and felt they would be good representatives for Southern Country Shows and would represent the association well in the state finals, complimenting both girls.

The joint Southern Country Shows/Central Districts Shows Perpetual Trophy was mentioned, which is for entrants qualifying at a minimum of two shows in each association, with associations rotating in presentations.

The 2018 section was cookery with a replica trophy presented to Carolyn Johnson, who entered at four Southern Shows and two Central Shows last year. The 2019 section is sheep and will be presented at the CDSA dinner in Angaston, with next year's section being Jams and Preserves.

An Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to long-time show supporter Leslie Gemmell.