A passion for her hometown is behind Sarah Macginley’s pursuit of the 2022 Queensland Rural Ambassador State Title.
Sarah, 30, was recently named as one of 10 state finalists for the coveted award, which will be presented on 13 August in Brisbane after a week of official duties at the Ekka.
The born and bred Beaudesert local, who is a familiar face around town through the local retail and netball communities, has always been involved with her local show.
Now, as the current Beaudesert Show Rural Ambassador and South East Queensland Sub Chamber Rural Ambassador, Sarah is keen to represent Beaudesert all the way to the top.
“I love this town, I love the community and I want to show I’m proud of Beaudesert and I want to bring awareness to the rural and agricultural issues we’ve been facing and ways we can overcome them by banding together as a community,” she said.
“Throughout the whole year, small business owners and farmers work so hard, and the show is a way of showcasing what they have done throughout the whole year so they can be proud of it.
“The show brings everyone together, gives us something to look forward to, which is why it’s been horrible the last few years because we haven’t had that. It’s tradition, it’s families, it’s businesses. I can’t wait for this year’s Beaudesert Show comeback.”
She said representing Beaudesert as a Rural Ambassador was a lifelong dream and she was honoured to be pursuing the State Title.
“As a little girl I would be at the Beaudesert Show and see the showgirls and rural ambassadors and think, ‘that’s what I want to do – I want to help out and be a role model for the younger generation,” she said.
“I’m excited and I’m hoping to at least give it a good run.”