Show girls dig out their sashes

Marie Clifford of Gisborne with the scrapbook clipping announcing her win in 1959 when she was Miss Marie Stafford from Monegeetta.
Photo: Bernadette Nunn

Marie Clifford of Gisborne with the scrapbook clipping announcing her win in 1959 when she was Miss Marie Stafford from Monegeetta. Photo: Bernadette Nunn

Saturday's Kyneton Show will see some of the earliest winners of the Miss Kyneton Show Girl competition donning their sash for the crowds again.

Curator Bernadette Nunn said she's found more than half the women who won the title between 1957 and 1977 after a call out for previous entrants in the Midland Express.

"The story's had a remarkable response with more than 5700 people seeing it just on the Kyneton Show's Facebook page," Bernadette said.

"We've tracked down Sharon Farrell who made headlines when she won in hotpants in 1971 but we've also identified winners all the way back to the very first title in 1957," Bernadette said.

A historical display in the Watts Pavilion meeting room will feature memorabilia from the start of the competition 60 years ago and a number of the former winners are coming back for Show Day on Saturday, some for the first time for many years.

"We're going to get them to wear their Miss Kyneton Show Girl sashes again for a special presentation at 11.45am before the judging of the Superheroes competition - the modern incarnation of the competition," Bernadette said.

"Superheroes might not be the glamour of Miss Show Girl in the 50s and 60s but it's what kids are into now.

"It means boys and girls can dress up, with prizes for Best Adult costume too and it's a fun way to support the White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence," Bernadette said.

She's still hoping to trace other former winners including Lois Graham from Riddells Creek, Kyneton's Maxine Nicholson and Lorraine Fraser from Carlsruhe who won in the 1960s.

"It's quite a detective hunt because they changed their names when they married," Bernadette said.

"One of the great things about this district though is someone knows someone who remembers something.

"That might only lead to the name of a distant in-law but sometimes that's enough to get another name and number to find out who they married and where they might be living now," Bernadette said.

Anyone who entered or won the Miss Show Girl competition from 1957-1977 is asked to contact Bernadette on 0418 232 871. She plans to focus on more recent winners at future shows.

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