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ON SHOW: Murwillumbah former junior and senior showgirl winners Natasha Francis and Erin Kennedy encourage other girls to enter the competition.
ON SHOW: Murwillumbah former junior and senior showgirl winners Natasha Francis and Erin Kennedy encourage other girls to enter the competition. SCOTT POWICK

THE Murwillumbah Show is just around the corner and the annual showgirls competition is calling for nominations.

Murwillumbah Showgirl 2015 winner Erin Kennedy from Dunbible said the competition was a great way for young women to start cultivating rural networks.

"The showgirls is about young women building each other up and creating rural ambassadors in local areas," Ms Kennedy said.

The 21-year-old said the show society was a place for the youth of rural areas to come together and work to ensure their community continues to shine.

"We need the youth to get involved because we have an aging population, and without the youth getting interested there will be no more agricultural shows," Ms Kennedy said.

"A lot of the youth think it's kind of lame to do shows and a lot of people in a small town, especially the young women, think they don't have a voice to say what they think. This year we want to break the stigma and let them know if they have a voice and an opinion, and if they want to express themselves, they can."

This year, the Tweed River Agricultural Society is trying to engage the youth of the community by offering new events over the two show days in November, including the young farmers' challenge and the primary and high school students competition.

Ms Kennedy says even if the girls don't receive the crown, being a part of the showgirl circuit could have lasting results in a girl's life.

"It's very much about getting the girls in a position that if they don't win, when they're entering the workforce they still feel better about themselves and more confident in taking on roles they didn't see themselves doing," she said.

"It's about empowering young women to accomplish things they never thought they would."

The Murwillumbah Show is on November 4 and 5 at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds.

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