Mudgee Showgirl

CROWNED: 2018 Mudgee Showgirl winner, Alysha Papps (middle) with entrants Sally Carrall (left) and Dannika Short.

Congratulations to Alysha Papps who was named Mudgee Showgirl 2018 at the Mudgee Showgirl cocktail party on Jan 20th.. The aim of the showgirl movement is to encourage young women to have an interest in their local community and in rural Australia. Alysha said she has really enjoyed doing this and is looking forward to representing the Mudgee Show Society and the entire community at the Zone 5 Finals.

What it takes to become a Showgirl

The Mudgee Showgirl competition aims to find an ambassador for our local rural community. Every year, over 700 young women from NSW enter The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition though their local show society showgirl competition. Young ladies who enter the competition must 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.

The competition has three levels; Local, Zone, and State which is held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winner of each Local competition proceeds to the Zone finals where 2-3 girls are chosen from each zone competition to compete at the Sydney Royal.

Since 1962 when the competition began, the judging criterion has not changed. The judging criteria include points awarded for personality, confidence, ambitions and goals, general knowledge of their local community and Australia, general and local rural knowledge, personal presentation and style, diction and speech, and an on-stage interview. The Royal Agricultural Society and the Agricultural Societies Council (the organisers of the competition) believe that the importance of these skills and values have not diminished in society.

In entering the competition, the participants meet other young ladies with similar interests, and gain beneficial knowledge and invaluable experience. The entrants at each level of the competition are exposed to personal development and networking opportunities, not to mention some great prizes.

Junior Miss Mudgee Showgirl Competition
Mudgee Show Society holds the Junior Miss Mudgee Showgirl Competition each year on the Saturday of the Mudgee Show. A Junior Showgirl is elected from the following age categories:
• Miss Mudgee Showgirl Teenager: 13 – 17yrs
• Miss Mudgee Showgirl Primary: 8 – 12yrs
• Miss Mudgee Showgirl Junior: 4 – 7yrs
Entrants will be asked questions in a group forum and will be awarded points for personality, confidence, ambition/goals, interest & participation in the show and general knowledge. Great prizes are awarded for the winner and runner up in each age category.

Entries can be taken early by phone or on the Saturday of the show by visiting the show office. For more info, please contact the current Mudgee Showgirl on the details above.


1994 Show Society President A.W. Cox with 1994 Miss Mudgee Showgirl Emma Kearins (left) and 1993 Miss National Showgirl Sarah Wilson (right)
1985 Miss Mudgee Showgirl Jenny Birchall (left)
and 1986 Miss Mudgee Showgirl Leanne Ferguson (right)

2017 Lucy Hundy Meers

2013 Angela Hamilton

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2011 Bianca Stanford

2012 Tara Stokes

2014 Tanya Wisbey

2015/2016 Brooke Sewell


Madeleine Hamilton

2011 Bianca Stanford with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO


Do 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!

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