Canowindra Show welcomes new program and competition name change

Anna McNamara (right) was the last Showgirl for Canowindra in 2019 before COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 show.
Anna McNamara (right) was the last Showgirl for Canowindra in 2019 before COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 show.

Preparations are under way for the return of the Showgirl competition to the Canowindra Show after COVID-19 caused its cancellation in 2020.

This year will also see the introduction of the Rural Achiever Award to the show's line up.

Coordinator for both events, Sarah Refalo said it was an exciting time for the competitions' committee.

"After going through the planning process to get everything started for last year and then unfortunately the show couldn't go ahead, we put our little committee together and went 'right this is going to be the year, let's bring it out'," she said.

"It was suggested in 2019 by both the committee and one of the volunteers that helps us out on the day of the show that we do a Rural Achiever, and there had been a couple of other local shows that had introduced it into their program as well.

"So we thought it would be a really great addition to our show because it's a different age category. Showgirl is typically 18-24 and female based, where the Rural Achiever Award, it's 20-29 and it's both male and female," she said.

This year's Showgirl competition will also be the last year it is referred to by that name with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW announcing that, from 2022, the program will be named The Sydney Royal Young Woman of the Year.

Ms Refalo said the name change was another exciting refresh the show was looking to implement.

"This will be the last year we will call it the Canowindra Showgirl program, as they change the name from next year, our show will change in accordance with that," she said.

"It's really great, I'm really excited because it is like it drops that beauty pageant aspect to it.

"We are trying to build up the young women in our community and help them if they want to enter the competition.

"It does teach them different life skills and interview skills that help them, it may not help them right this second but they're lessons we can teach them that will help them later in life."

She said that the committee would be holding a development day on July 18 in the new Cobley Pavilion at the Showground to introduce prospective entrants to the Rural Achiever and reintroduce Showgirl to its entrants.

"We're really looking forward to bringing it back, our development day will allow entrants to hang out for the day and get to know a few of the other people and us as a committee to ask any questions," she said.

"There will also be a few guests attending to help out over the day, giving their experience in both showgirl and rural achiever, so it should be a great afternoon."

"Because this is our first year it (Rural Achiever) will run, it will be along the same sort of program as the Showgirl, with interviews and such.

"It's on smaller scale but we'll be looking for people who are within the agricultural industries.

"It is a great experience to meet like-minded and motivated people within your community, get to know other people within your community that you may not have known of.

"A great initiative for people in ag or just living in the rural community who would like to be in the ag industry and it's a great way to prop up our local community and support the ag industries within our town."

The development day will be held from 2pm to 5pm, for more information contact Sarah Refalo on 0422 419 838 or via email at