Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl 2017 finalists visit Fairfax Media facility at Ormiston

The Fairfax Media facility at Ormiston became a sea of high fashion and blue sashes on Wednesday when the 11 finalists in the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl competition visited to see where QCL was printed.

Joining them in what was the 35th year of the competition were several former Miss Showgirls from across Queensland.

The group enjoyed a tour of the Fairfax premises, which included seeing QCL printed, and an al fresco lunch.   

Their visit to the Redlands was part of a wider trip to Brisbane for judging and the announcement of the QCL Miss Showgirl winner for 2017.

During the lunch, Redland mayor Karen Williams addressed the young women, speaking about the natural beauty of Redland City and offering tips for women aiming for leadership roles.

Finalist Courtney Retschlag, who represented the South Burnett region, said she entered the competition to honour its history.

“My mother did the Miss Showgirl competition back in 1984,” she said.

“She won her local area.”

Ms Retschlag said she enjoyed her visit to the Redlands and looked forward to the announcement of QCL Miss Showgirl 2017 later in the week.

Fairfax Media group managing editor, agricultural publishing Brad Cooper said having the competition and QCL associated with the Redlands was “fantastic”.

“The fact that you have Queensland Country Life – the state’s premier agricultural newspaper – printed right here at Ormiston is great” he said.

Mr Cooper said he was pleased to welcome the QCL Showgirl finalists to Ormiston, from which they departed with a show bag of gifts from QCL and also a gift bag from Redland City.