With the Zone Final of the Showgirl competition tomorrow, it seemed fitting to use this flashback friday to look back at the very first Showgirl competition at the Finley Show.
While the first NSW competition was held in 1962, Victoria had started the competition in 1957, Finley held the first Sun Country Show Girl competition at the 1959 show. Judged by Miss Honni Freger, the 1959 Moomba Queen, there were 25 entrants, with 24 in attendance - Miss Lynette Joy Beck (17), Miss Pamela Bone (19), Miss Fay Cook (18), Miss Pauline Dancey (17), Miss Nola Farrell (19), Miss June Goulding (19), Miss Elizabeth Ellen Grover (17), Miss Lynette Hearn (16), Miss Dorothy Height, Miss Lorraine Joan Horneman (18), Miss Kathleen Dawn Horneman (16), Miss Dawn Johnson (16), Miss Dorothy Knight (16), Miss Pat Koschel (16), Miss Margaret Koschel (19), Miss Nola Kuech (16), Miss Janet McConchie (18), Miss Shirley McNair (19), Miss Jeanette Elaine Nixon (19), Miss Cynthia Annette Nixon (21), Miss Judy Pyle (19), Miss Patricia Joan Ryan (17), Miss Pamela Mary Ryan (16), Miss Kath Thomas (17).
The Finley Mail of Wednesday, 16 September, stated that "There was quite a widespread impression that the Show Girls up and down the platform on making their appearance. This was not the case, as judging commences about 11 hours previously, each girl having been interviewed privately by Miss Freger in a room in the luncheon pavilion where the judging was actually done.
Miss Honni Freger said that judging was based on deportment, dress sense, speech, grooming, general appearance and personality, and all the girls were very good."
In third place was Miss Elizabeth Ellen Grover, and in second was Miss Fay Cook. The very first Finley Sun Country Show Girl was Miss Cynthia Annette Nixon, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. S Nixon of Finley, and at time she was employed at the Riverina Garage.
Cynthia won a trip to People Day at the Melbourne Show and £20 for expenses, as well as being a finalist at the Melbourne Show. At the announcement of the winner, by T.R. Killeen, Cynthia said she could hardly believe the result.
See the full list of Miss Show Girl winners: http://www.finleyshowsociety.org/showgirl-winners.html
With our 100th show in 2017, we are looking at expanding our historic archives in order to produce a grand display, and for publication.
In order to do this, we need the help of the community.
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We want to share the history of the Finley Agricultural & Pastoral Association, as well as Finley in general, with the community through possible publication. In order to do this and make it the best it can be, we need the support of the community in helping us gather as much history as possible.
Help us record our local history in order to preserve it for future generations.