Two new rural ambassadors are hoping to bring more young people to the district’s agricultural shows.
Laura Bradley, 23, from Stanhope and Aimee Bolton, 18, from Congupna competed for the Goulburn Valley Riverina Shows Association rural ambassador positions at the GVRSA dinner on April 16.
Ms Bradley was awarded Rural Show Ambassador and Ms Bolton won Rural Junior Show Ambassador.
Entrants were judged on community or show involvement, rural knowledge, communication skills and their ambitions.
They also had to engage in an interview and deliver a speech about the most important lesson they had learned in life so far.
Ms Bradley said she would like to use her ambassador title to include more young people in agricultural shows.
‘‘It’s more about getting young people involved. And (getting) them to come to shows.’’
She said the win was also a good opportunity for personal development.
‘‘I was honoured to receive it — the Kyabram Show committee encouraged me to do it, and I’m happy I did.’’
Agriculture has been a big part of Ms Bradley’s life, having lived on a dairy farm when she was younger.
‘‘I have my horses as well,’’ she said.
Ms Bolton said being an ambassador was “pretty cool”.
‘‘I felt really proud hearing my name called out — and now I feel like I can give back to the community,’’ she said.
‘‘I want to promote our local shows and put them out there.’’
Ms Bolton said she grew up with beef cattle and now has\d her own Red Angus stud, Bolton Girls Red Angus, at Congupna.
She said with the ambassador role and her Bachelor of Agriculture degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, she could learn more about the breed and become an expert in meat science, quality assurance and meat exporting.
Ms Bradley now has the opportunity to represent the Goulburn Valley and Riverina areas at the Royal Melbourne Show in September to compete for the state rural ambassador title.
Ms Bolton will represent the Goulburn Valley and Riverina areas for the state rural junior ambassador title at the Victorian Agricultural Show Convention in Swan Hill in July.