With the Cobar Show only a few months away, Showgirl competition coordinator Josie Anderson is encouraging local young women to enter the Cobar Showgirl competition.
After winning the 2015 Cobar Showgirl title, Josie said she is keen to involve more young girls and show them and their parents that the Showgirl competition isn’t a beauty pageant.
“The judges will be looking for a well presented, knowledgeable and community minded young ladies to sash as the 2016 showgirls.
“Applicants entering in the Teen and Showgirl category are required to dress appropriately for their age and occasion, answer questions about Cobar and their involvement with the local community,” Josie said.
The 2016 Cobar Showgirl (18-24years) winner will have the opportunity to represent the Cobar Show Society at Zone level in 2017.
“I have recently competed at Zone level which was an amazing experience and I would love that someone else could also have this wonderful opportunity,” she said.
This year the junior competition is taking a slightly different direction and Josie hopes it will make the event more attractive for primary school aged girls to enter.
“We would like to encourage young girls aged between eight and 12 years to enter the junior showgirl event without having to worry about it being a ‘competition’.
“I think if we try to look at the competition from a different angle we may get more entrants and retain our young Showgirls,” she said.
“It would be great to see a lots of groups of friends enter the event and support each other in a friendly non-competitive environment.
“The competition part is what can sometimes deter the young ones from entering,” Josie said.
“I would love to build up our event and see local girls supporting each other while learning and becoming involved with the local community and show.
“I plan to invite our junior showgirls to a range of different pre-show events and treat the junior category as an introduction to the main Showgirl competition and show.
“I’ve got a few ideas to hold a high tea, a lunch or maybe an evening dinner and some other new additions to the pre-show event and will see what sort of interest there is from girls to support these ideas,” she said.
Josie will be talking with local school girls and is also organising an information session to be held in the coming weeks.