Celebrating 55 years of Forbes Showgirls | photos through the decades

The Forbes Show Society is preparing to celebrate 55 years of the Showgirl competition.

Invitations to a special lunch on August 25 are going out to ladies living both locally and all over the country, with hopes of finding all those who have worn the sash in previous years or been associated with the competition. 

In preparation, we’ve been through the archives to find the Advocate’s photos of those who have worn the sash in previous years. 

While we haven’t found everyone, it’s an amazing collection of photos from across the decades. 

We, and organisers of the luncheon, would love to see any originals or other photographs that are in your photo albums, if you’d be willing to share them.

You can email Susan Earl or bring photographs in to the Advocate and we will scan them and share them with luncheon organisers.

Grace Allen, 2017 Forbes Showgirl and second runner up at Sydney Royal Easter Show, says there is something special about women celebrating other women; their achievements, successes and endeavours. 

“It is with this in mind we’ve planned a gathering for stories, love and laughter …and a common cause: to celebrate the unique and essential role that women play in our rural community,” she said.

Lunch is upstairs at the Golf Club from midday on August 25, an opportunity to listen to some dynamic women, hear their stories and reflections on the Showgirl competition and where it has taken them. 

Tickets are available online through eventbrite.com.au

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Where are they now?

The call is out to find these ladies, where are you now? 

1968 Annette Bullock

1969 Elizabeth Watson

1973 Patricia Bullock

1972 Mary Cockram

1982 Jeanine O’Malley

1984 Katie Weaver

1990 Justine O’Leary

1994 Chantelle Hubbard

1999 Kristie Thornton

2000 Karen Teague

2007 Nadine DuWal

If you can help, please contact Susan Earl on dsearlx@gmail.com

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