Can you represent NSW?

Are you interested in acting as an ambassador for Canowindra and rural NSW both interstate and overseas? Then The Land Showgirl Competition is for you.

Off to Sydney: 2016 Canowindra Showgirl Meg Austin with fellow Zone 6 Finalists Francesca Scutella from Grenfell and Mikaela Dart from Peak Hill. Photo by Lizz Dobson.

Off to Sydney: 2016 Canowindra Showgirl Meg Austin with fellow Zone 6 Finalists Francesca Scutella from Grenfell and Mikaela Dart from Peak Hill. Photo by Lizz Dobson.

Your chance to take on this prestigious role could start at the 2017 Canowindra Showgirl Competition this September, which is one of the entry competitions for The Land Showgirl competition.

The Showgirl competition is not a beauty pageant. Most importantly the entrants must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW.

The competition encourages the participation and subsequent awareness of rural women's contribution and involvement in both local communities and rural NSW as a whole.

The competition plays a significant role in the overall development of rural youth with over 500 young women entering the competition annually throughout NSW.

The winner of the first Showgirl competition in 1926 won a silver tray and $200 cash. Since then the competition has grown immensely over it’s 50 year history with sponsorship at a State level now worth over $40,000 in cash and prizes. 

Last year’s Canowindra Showgirl, Meg Austin, was able to go all the way to Sydney believing a lack of access to health services was a major issues in country towns.

“We have a really great Community Health Centre, it’s well-equipped with dietitians, physios, councilors, it’s a really, really good service however some other country towns don’t have those same opportunities,” she said. 

“Hospitals are really small and really limited and I know a lot of people are forced to travel to Orange for specialist treatment.” 

To see if you have what it takes to be Canowindra’s Showgirl see the list below.

The Senior Canowindra Showgirl competition is open to young women who:

  • are between the ages of 18-14 (as at May 1, 2018)
  • reside, study or work within NSW for at least three months prior to Canowindra Show;
  • are prepared to go on to Zone Judging, February 2018, then to state finals (at the Sydney Royal Easter Show) if a winner at Zone Judging
  • have lived, been educated or have worked within a radius of 48km of Canowindra

Senior interviews will be conducted at the Showgirl Ball on September 15 and on Saturday, September 23.

There is also a Junior Showgirl Competition open to local girls aged 15 and 16. Junior Showgirl will be judged on Saturday, September 16 and Friday, September 22.

All entrants will be presented to the public at the Canowindra Show and sashed as a Canowindra Showgirl.

To enter the competition please contact Kristy by email at krist_anne@hotmail.com