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Dalgety Young Women Competition

The Dalgety Young Women competition is open to females aged between 18 and under 25 years old as at 1 May 2023 who live or grew up in the former Snowy River Shire area. This includes  Jindabyne, Berridale, Dalgety and Adaminaby and the localities that surround these towns and villages.

Entrants must reside, be educated, or work within New South Wales for at least three months prior to their local Showgirl Competition to qualify to compete within the State.


Entries for the 2023 Young Women Competition for Dalgety are CLOSED FOR 2023.

Entrants will then be asked to be interviewed in front of a panel of local personalities who will judge you on your general and rural knowledge, ambition and life goals, involvement in their local show and community, personality, confidence, presentation, and speech. Finalists are also asked to demonstrate knowledge of their local community and current affairs and apart from their potential ambassadorial qualities, they are also judged on their involvement in and experience of rural affairs.

If this sounds like you and you would like to enter, please call our secretary Natalee Reid on 0412 910 152 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prizes for 2023 Please note prizes are subject to change without notice

• 1st Place $7,500 courtesy of Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Ltd and The Land newspaper

• 2nd Place $3,500 courtesy of the AgShows NSW and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. All Finalists receive:

• Seven days in Sydney during the Royal Easter Show – expenses paid (expenses include accommodation in Sydney, meals and travel within State Finalists itinerary)

History of the Young Women Competition

In 1962 twenty young female ambassadors entered the first Miss Showgirl competition, as it was originally known, with hopes of representing their region and working as ambassadors for women throughout rural New South Wales. Miss Margaret MacKay was awarded the title and a place in RAS history, even taking on a position as a RAS Councillor in 1997 along with her continued involvement as a Sydney Royal horse competition exhibitor, steward, judge and committee member.

Much like Margaret Mackay, today’s entrants continue their association with the RAS, through mentorships and taking on stewarding roles along with networking opportunities and professional experiences.

The competition has undergone a name change this year, with the new name reflecting the importance of the program along with its evolution. The young women entering today have great insight and knowledge of the issues faced in rural NSW, they are involved with their communities and are confident ambassadors. They are young women with purpose and ambition and ready to face the challenges and rewards offered by the agricultural show movement and deserving of the title The Land Sydney Royal Ag Shows Young Woman 2022 and the role of custodian and ambassador.

The competition plays a significant role in the development of rural women and boats incredible support from sponsors with over $40,000 in cash and prizes, another important progression from the $200 and silver tray won by Margaret Mackay in 1962.


The Land Young Women Competition