Castle Hill Showgirl is an ambassador for tradition

KATHERINE Moriarty, of Cherrybrook, is on a mission to attract more youth to the Castle Hill Show.

She will do this through her new role as the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society Showgirl for 2014.

"It's about trying to promote the show and get more community involvement in the show," Miss Moriarty said.

"We are facing a few problems in our own Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society including the re-zoning of the showground and the North West Rail Link.

"It's about getting out into the community and letting people know the show is still on and promote it to the schools.

"The show has been around for a long time and being able to promote it for future generations makes me very proud."

The 20-year-old will represent Castle Hill at the zone final in Milton on March 16 against 11 other hopefuls. Winners will move on to the state final at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April.

The competition aims to find a young female ambassador for rural NSW.

Ms Moriarty said the competition wasn't based on beauty, but entrants' knowledge of the agricultural industry.

"I've been involved in the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society [since] before the competition," she said.

"I've been involved in the show through my school, Cherrybrook Technology.

"I've also entered competitions at the show including the arts and crafts, scones and the junior poultry judging."

Entrants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech.

Finalists must also demonstrate knowledge of their local community and current affairs as well as rural affairs.

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