Showgirl Competition

The Nowra Show Society is currently seeking entrants for the 2022 Showgirl Competition.

The Show Society acknowledges that the last 18 months has been full of uncertainties, and many local businesses, families and individuals continue to be affected by the current COVID situation. However, as always, the Show Society is committed to being an integral part of the Shoalhaven community, so we are optimistically looking forward to a future with less restrictions.

As such, the Nowra Show Society continues to boldly plan for the 2022 Nowra Showgirl Competition to be held on 27th November 2021 and invites interested entrants to find out more.

The Showgirl Competition remains a relevant and rewarding experience with many young women benefitting from the personal and professional opportunities that result from participating in the annual event. Due to the cancellation of the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2020, the Showgirl Competition was not held last year for the first time since the Competition started almost 60 years ago.

Before the pandemic, 2020 Nowra Showgirl Annalise McDonald, had the opportunity to represent Nowra at the Zone Final hosted by the Hawkesbury Show Society. Of her experience Annalise says “The best thing about Showgirl is the opportunity to see different parts of not only your local Show, but other Shows surrounding you. Showgirl gives you the opportunity to network with similar people from different areas and you learn different way to do things, not only in the Show environment but also in everyday life.”

The Showgirl Competition is regarded as one of the largest and most prestigious rural competitions in New South Wales and provides an excellent opportunity for girls to gain valuable experience and make new friends, while having a change to win great prizes. The 2017 Nowra Showgirl, Liberty Nelson and 2018 Nowra Showgirl, Sammy Spark were both successful in being selected as a State Finalist, attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show for a week as guests of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

“Entering the Showgirl competition can change your life” says Jessica Apperley, former 2010 Nowra Showgirl. “In my role as Showgirl Coordinator, I have the immense privilege of meeting keen, enthusiastic young women who, by participating in the Competition, grow in self-confidence and come away with a renewed sense of purpose to pursue their chosen path in life.”

“I was heavily involved with the Nowra Show and the agricultural community, and I saw entering the Competition as an opportunity to get a little more experience when it came to interviews and public speaking” says Annalise “I had previously entered the Showgirl Competition in 2017 and knew all the benefits and skills that you can gain from being a part of the event. Also some of the people you get to meet are absolutely phenomenal and I’ve made some really close friends from the experience”

Annalise recommends entering the Showgirl Competition to any young woman of the Shoalhaven “It can be extremely dauting but absolutely take that jump because I promise that Showgirl isn’t about being judged, you purely have to look at it as an experience. You will learn so much and meet unique people, whilst gaining new and valuable skills in the process. Showgirl could lead you onto a path you didn’t even know you had the ability to go down; all you have to do is just take the step!”

Showgirl Entrants must be aged between 18 and 25 as at 1st May 2022. Showgirls are sponsored by a local business chosen by the Showgirl or linked through the Show Society.

COVID permitting, all Showgirl entrants will participate in the annual Nowra Show in a range of activities from sashing champion livestock to making a presentation to the Nowra Show Baby. This is often the most memorable experience for many Showgirl entrants as they are afforded the opportunity to spend two days “behind the scenes” at the Show.

Young ladies who are considering entering the competition or who wish to obtain further information are encouraged to contact and start one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

An Information Package is available here. For more details, contact the Nowra Show Society at


A brief history…

The Nowra Showgirl competition was first held in 1963 and since then the Nowra Show Society, through this Competition, has helped many young women gain self-confidence and valuable life skills and to become more connected with their local community.

The Showgirl Competition is not a beauty pageant but aims to find a young female ambassador for rural NSW. Over 500 young women enter the Competition annually throughout NSW and are judged on their interest and knowledge about rural Australia, as well as confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, presentation and speech. Candidates are also asked about their involvement in the local community and national political issues that impact Australians, particularly those in rural and regional areas.

The young woman chosen as The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl will act as an ambassador for rural and regional NSW. Her role will involve many official and informal duties, both at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, NSW Shows and during her travels interstate and overseas.

Congratulations to all the 2020 Nowra Showgirl entrants

Annalise McDonald

Sponsored by Reg Cochrane Pastoral

Chipo Machingura

Sponsored by Integrity Real Estate

Caitlin Matthews

Sponsored by B&B Heavy Vehicle Repair

Charlotte Phillips

Sponsored by One Agency Elite Property Group Nowra 

Imogen Clarke

Sponsored by Ablock Builder

The Nowra Show Society would like to thank…

Blooms The Chemist – Junction Street, Coolangatta Estate, Flamingo Florist, Knickerboxers, My
Travel Expert, Nowra Chemicals, Nowra Golf Club, Nowra Nutrimetics Team, Ray White Nowra,
Scruples Hair and Beauty Salon, The Deli on Kinghorne, The Lookout, Cambewarra Mountain,
Tuscany Wood Fired Restaurant

… for their support of the 2020 Nowra Showgirl Competition


Adults $15.00 

Concession $10.00 

Children (5-16yrs) $5.00