Calling all showgirls!

The Kyneton Agricultural Society is preparing an exhibition to mark 60 years since the Miss Show Girl competition started in 1957.

The Kyneton Agricultural Society is preparing an exhibition to mark 60 years since the Miss Show Girl competition started in 1957.

It used to be a front page story, with a prominent photo naming the lucky girl who was the year's Miss Show Girl.

The judging attracted big crowds on Show Day, with competition for Miss Junior Show Girl, Miss Tiny Tot and Master Tiny Tot too for entrants as young as three.

Now the Kyneton Agricultural Society is preparing an exhibition to mark 60 years since the Miss Show Girl competition started in 1957.

Curator Bernadette Nunn wants to hear from any former competitors for the Watts Pavilion display on Show Day on November 18.

"We'd love to see some winning sashes but we want to hear from any competitors who have photos in their outfit," Bernadette said.

"We're particularly keen to hear from anyone who still has the outfit they wore - the dress, hat, handbag, gloves or shoes - even if you didn't win on the day."

Bernadette's keen to recreate a snapshot across the six decades of the competition to show off what was in fashion and the ideals of the time.

"When the Miss Show Girl quest started, entrants wore gloves and hats," Bernadette said. "So it was a headline story when Sharon Farrell was judged the winner wearing 'the latest fashion trend of hot pants' in 1971!"

The Miss Kyneton Show Girl went on to compete at regional level and the winner there went on to the Royal Melbourne Show where the Victorian winner was judged.

"We'd also love to hear from anyone who entered the Tiny Tots competition particularly any boys who entered or won the Master Tiny Tot award before the boys' category was eliminated in 1974," Bernadette said.

From Show Girl to Superheroes

The competition evolved over time, reflecting social change, becoming a Superheroes challenge at last year's Kyneton Show, for all ages, male and female, encouraging everyone to find their own superpower to support the white ribbon fight against domestic violence.

"We're very proud of the Miss Show Girl tradition," show secretary Josephine Rutledge said, "but it was time for a change and our Superheroes were such a huge hit last year."

It's free to enter and fun to watch with lots of prizes and special awards for best children's and best adult costumes, as well as the most original outfit.

See www.kynetonshow.org.au for Show Day details. Former Show Girl and Tiny Tots entrants please contact Bernadette Nunn on 0418 232 871.

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