Kyogle Show Society want to engage young women in the community to develop their leadership skills. Fostering the confidence to continue their involvement in and representation of their agricultural show.
Being a Young Woman entrant means being involved in the local Show. Involvement can be anything from opening the Show, public speaking throughout the year, presenting prizes for winners in agricultural events, assisting in organising the next Young Woman Competition, speaking with media and generally being in the public eye and encouraging entry by speaking with potential future candidates.
The competition begins at local shows and has a qualifying regional stage (known as the zone finals) before culminating with the state final at Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Entrants must be aged between 18 years to under 25 years of age as at May 1 in the year of the State Final.
There are no restrictions on how many times someone enters, provided they are within the age range. We encourage girls who are younger when they enter the competition to enter again.
Entrants are interviewed by a panel of three judges who are nominated by the local Show Society.
The announcement of the Young Woman winner is an attraction for our show so make the most of it!
The Competition attracts over 300 women aged between 18-25 years of age each year and plays a significant role in the overall development of rural youth within NSW. Following an entrant’s success at their local Show, the Young Women then participate in the Zone Final.
Each local Show is a member of one of fourteen groups that come under the umbrella of the Agricultural Societies Council (ASC). Two groups combine to form one of seven Zones that cover NSW. In February/March of each year, at Zone Finals the Zone judges select, from all the Local Young Women winners 1-3 representatives for the State Final.
The number of representatives a Zone can have is based on the total number of entrants that are put forward by their two groups.
The ASC advises each Zone on who their judges will be.
At the Zone Finals, the Young Women meet other young women from rural NSW and gain great insights and personal development from this experience.
The State Final for the Competition is conducted by the RAS at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and usually has between 15-18 entrants.
Judging criteria are based on personality, confidence, ambitions/goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, personal presentation and volunteer/community participation. Finalists must also demonstrate knowledge of their local community and current affairs.
In addition to their potential ambassadorial qualities, contestants are also judged on their involvement in and experience of rural affairs.
In addition to a 20-minute interview, the girls partake in various social functions in which the elements are judged over a period of six days.
A Presentation Ceremony is held at the Show where three prizes are awarded – the State Final Winner (1st Place), First Runner Up (2nd Place) and Second Runner Up (3rd Place). All finalists stay in Sydney for seven days as guests of the RAS to perform official duties at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The winner acts as an ambassador for NSW during her reign and represents the RAS, ASC and her local Show Society at any function to which she is invited during the year.