2013 MISS MUDGEE SHOWGIRL COMPETITION
are many misconceptions about the Miss Mudgee Showgirl Competition.
It is not a beauty pageant, nor is it an IQ test. The Miss
Mudgee Showgirl competition aims to find a representative
for local rural communities that will uphold the position
with the most respect.
Since 1962 when the competition began, the judging criterion
has not changed in the course of 49 years. Young ladies
who enter the competition are to be aged between 18 and
25 years, they are to be a permanent resident of Australia
and have lived or worked in NSW for at least three months.
entrants are judged on personality (20 points), confidence
(10 points), ambitions and goals (10 points), general knowledge
of their local community, Australia and worldwide (15 points),
rural knowledge in general, of their local community and
their Show Society (15 points), personal presentation in
style, grooming and deportment (10 points), dictation and
speech (10 points), and an on-stage interview (10 points).
The RAS and the ASC (the presenters of the competition)
believe that these skills and values have not diminished
As the winner is required to act as an ambassador, they
are required to possess all above criteria as well as meet
a variety of new people and exchange intellectually around
their own district. A quality ‘local’ showgirl
has strong family ties in the community as well as a personal,
educational or business association.
In entering the competition, the participants meet other
young ladies with similar interests, gain beneficial knowledge
and invaluable experience. The process offers personal development
to everyone involved at each stage.
There are three stages in the competition: Local, Zone and
Sydney Royal (entire NSW). The winner of each local Show
Society proceeds to the Zone Finals Judging where only two
or three girls are chosen to compete at the Sydney Royal.
MUDGEE SHOWGIRL 2012
In February 2012 I was
elected Miss Mudgee Showgirl 2012; a couple of weeks
later I was competing in the second stage of the competition
at the Zone Finals in Lithgow. At this event I was
selected as one of the lucky ladies to compete at
the Royal Easter in The Land Sydney Showgirl Competition
held in April 2012. The state finalist showgirls are
treated as VIP going behind the scenes meeting the
incredibly committed volunteer staff who come from
around Australia each year for the Royal Easter Show,
the very passionate exhibitors and experience the
best views of the main arena from a host of cocktail
and formal functions held at the showgrounds.
Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition in April 2012
celebrated 50 years of the showgirl competition, with
an anniversary ball commemorating the event where
generations of showgirl competitors were brought together
to recount and share experiences. While a long standing
tradition the value to each competitor of the competition
remains consistent; each showgirl entrant from the
Sydney state final can attest to the personal development,
knowledge and friendships gained from the program.
My experience was no different I enjoyed wonderful
company gaining insight into the Royal Agricultural
Society and Agricultural Societies Council, and while
I was not a placegetter at the competition my six
days spent in Sydney created memories and friendship
to last forever.
The 2013 Mudgee Show
represents the end to my year as Miss Mudgee Showgirl;
this is an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed. To
the Mudgee Show Society Committee and 2011 Showgirl
Bianca Stanford, I thank-you for all your support
throughout the year. I would encourage all young ladies
with a passion for their local community and rural
Australia to take part in the showgirl competition.
Mudgee Show Girl 2012
Show Society President A.W. Cox with 1994 Miss Mudgee
Showgirl Emma Kearins (left) and 1993 Miss National
Showgirl Sarah Wilson (right)
Miss Mudgee Showgirl Jenny Birchall (left)
and 1986 Miiss Mudgee Showgirl Leanne Ferguson (right)
you have what it takes to be the next Mudgee Showgirl?
If you are between 18 and 25 years of age and would like
to take part in this fabulous competition please contact
the Secretary or come to our next show and chat to some
of the entrants for first hand experience!