AMONG the dust and the smoke, 13 incredible young women - including Scone's Lauren Eccles and Singleton's Brigid Thomas - attended a recent development weekend to prepare them for their journey in The Land Showgirl competition.
The representatives of their respective communities came together in early November to enjoy some fun, education, growth, networking and empowerment under the guidance of Adi Ritchie.
She's the brains behind "Polish Works", an organisation which provides personal, professional and social improvement based in Glen Innes.
In what can only be described as the worst drought in recent memory, and fires raging throughout the state, it was an outstanding achievement to have so many young women in attendance.
The ladies undertook self-defence lessons, nutritional talks, make up tutorials, manners, speech preparation and interview skills, just to name a few.
The weekend also provided a platform for the entrants of this year's The Land Showgirl competition to meet in readiness for the zone judging early in the new year.
Ms Eccles, who won the 2019 Merriwa crown, and Ms Thomas, the 2019 Singleton champion, were both keen participants over the two days.
"The weekend was an enjoyable and educational experience," she former said.
"I learnt the tools to help me succeed not only for the next stage of competition but in life.
"The calibre of presenters was incredible.
"And, the experience was something I will treasure.
"I am very thankful to my show committee for providing me with this opportunity."
It is encouraging to know the future ambassadors and representatives for The Land Showgirl competition are now ready and prepared for the adventure ahead.