2 April, 2024

Youngsters aim to be best in show

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Pig racing at the Mossman and District Show.
Pig racing at the Mossman and District Show.

It certainly won’t be long before show season is underway across our region, one of those being the 72nd Mossman and District Show on July 21 and 22.

Not only is this a great excuse for a day off, but the two-day event is a fantastic way to celebrate country life.

In the build up to this year’s event, Deborah Kachel, together with a team of local volunteers, is starting the Young Rural Ambassador Quest, looking for local teenagers to become ambassadors and be involved in the Mossman Show. 

The Young Rural Ambassador Quest is about finding enthusiastic community minded young people aged 15-19 to represent the Mossman and District Show Society and become involved in their local agricultural show and community. The quest is open to young people who are residing in the Douglas shire and will create a pathway to the Queensland Rural Ambassador Awards.

The team is looking for youngsters with a genuine interest in rural Queensland as well as a desire to be involved in the future of the agricultural industry and their local community. They should be keen to learn new knowledge and skills, plus be enthusiastic and have the ability to take and give direction, produce new ideas and generally be positive,

As a young rural ambassador, the main role will be to promote the Mossman and District Show and the agricultural industries supporting the show association. Key roles will be to attend community events, partake in interviews with media and participate in the Port Douglas Carnivale Street Parade, all with the aim to promote the show.

During the event, ambassadors will participate in the opening ceremony of the show, assist with associate judging or stewarding roles of competitions and present awards to competition winners and exhibitors.

Other duties will include assisting with attendance at the gate and car park areas, plus interacting with the general public.

Interested youngsters will need to apply to the coordinator of the Young Rural Ambassador Quest and these applications will be assessed by a panel of prominent members of the Douglas shire community and agricultural industries.

Those successful will be invited to attend an interview which will be followed by a light lunch, during which applicants will be required to give a short public presentation about themselves and why they have entered the quest. 

If chosen, each young rural ambassador will receive a shirt embroidered with the title of Young Rural Ambassador Mossman and District Show Society 2024, plus an entry ticket for the two days of the Show.

Mossman youngsters assist with last year’s show cattle judging.
Mossman youngsters assist with last year’s show cattle judging.

Finally, a young rural ambassador and a runner-up young rural ambassador of the year will be chosen at a ceremony that will be held on Monday July 22, on the stage area of the Mossman Show. These winners will play a role in promoting the 2025 Young Rural Ambassador Quest.

Applications will be available at various locations including Mossman High School. People can also contact Deborah Kachel via email at:

Applications will close on Monday, April 29.

I’m off to practice my equestrian and log chopping skills, so for now it’s Gazza signing out.

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