The Showgirl Competition aims to find a young woman to act as an ambassador for rural NSW with her role involving many official and informal duties both at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and during her travels interstate and overseas.
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. It is most important the Showgirls have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, rural NSW.
In 1962, 20 young ladies entered the first Showgirl Competition. The Winner, Miss Margaret McKay, the late Mrs Margaret Pennefather, RAS Councillor, was awarded a silver tray and $200 cash as first prize. The competition has come a long way in 50+ years and now, in 2018, over 250 young women annually enter the competition throughout NSW with competitions being held at over 100 Show Societies.
The Competition plays a significant role in the overall development of rural youth within this country and boasts incredible support from entrants, sponsors and organisers. Sponsorship at a State level is worth over $40,000 in cash and prizes which does not take into account local Show competitions.
Each year the achievement level is heightened and broadened. The contestants meet other young women from rural NSW and gain great insights and personal development through this very rare experience.