Maitland Showgirl crowned

SIX of Maitland's best beauties battled it out last night to be named Maitland Showgirl.

In the end 22-year-old Kelsey Lucas, of Thornton, took out the title, which dates back to 1977.

"I'm just glad I didn't fall over," Ms Lucas said.

"I only decided to go in it two days ago so it was a bit of a spontaneous decision."

The Maitland Showgirl Quest is a tradition of the long-running Maitland Show, which is one of the country's biggest and most respected agricultural shows.

The winner also becomes Miss Maitland but is not handed the role until a business chamber breakfast later in the year.

As part of the final judging, contestants gave a three-minute speech last night in front of 75 people.

It topped off a day of events that included a luncheon where contestants were judged on deportment, presentation, casual wear, speaking skills and knowledge of the area and its issues.

This year's contestants included Evie Dorsett, Emerald Griffith, Maddison Griffith, Abbey Holt, Clare Wilkinson and Ms Lucas.

Organiser Margaret Enright said this year contestants were a mix of country and Maitland town girls.

"They're very highly-qualified, the whole six of the girls," she said.

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