Kylie to represent Central Queensland as Rural Ambassador
FOR Rockhampton's Kylie Hopkins, agricultural shows have been a part of her life since she was a little girl.
From helping her parents show their horses at the Brisbane Ekka to showing her own animals every year at the Rockhampton Show, agricultural shows are her passion, her lifestyle and now a title she wears proudly after being crowned the 2015 Rural Ambassador for Central Queensland earlier this month.
Kylie, 27, said she entered the competition at the Rockhampton Show not thinking she'd win.
"You don't enter a competition if you don't want to win but when your name is announced you just don't expect it," she said.
"A rural ambassador is someone involved in the industry and someone who wants to show movement in the industry, which is how I pretty much live my life anyway so it's right up my alley.
"Most of my involvement in the Rockhampton Show is exhibiting animals and running the dairy goat section of the Ridgelands Show as I show dairy goats too.
"I was so happy when they announced my name as the ambassador at the finals in Yeppoon. I just love the region so much, I'm really proud to represent this place."
The local beef industry researcher believes she won the title because her passion for the country lifestyle is obvious.
"Before the winner was announced, each girl had to go before a panel of judges and talk about themselves and how they want to be involved... I think my love for local shows was obvious when I was being interviewed," she said.
Kylie will now head to the Brisbane Ekka next month for the state finals.