WHILE there was no Leeton Show in 2021, a special component of the event was able to go ahead.
Shelby Tiffin was named the Leeton Showgirl winner after being crowned during a small gathering on Saturday on what would have been "show day".
Joining Miss Tiffin as entrants in 2021 was Eilish Morden, Sophie Litchfield and Isabel Ryan.
"I was really shocked when I was announced as the winner," Miss Tiffin said.
"The other girls are amazing, so I didn't expect to win.
"It's a really nice honour."
Miss Tiffin and each of the entrants were joined by family and friends and members of the Leeton Show Society at the intimate gathering at the showground on Saturday where she was crowned.
"It's a bit disappointing obviously that we weren't able to do it the normal way and have the show and be part of it all," Miss Tiffin said.
"Hopefully next year the show will be able to go ahead and we can all take part again.
"I'm glad we still were able to have the showgirl competition though."
Taking part in the showgirl competition was a new experience for Miss Tiffin, but one she is glad to have taken the plunge with and enjoyed as a result.
"It was a really good experience ... just meeting new people, especially the other entrants," she said.
"The entrants this year were all really strong women who all have a lot to offer, so it was great to be part of that group."
Miss Tiffin will now move onto the next stage of the competition with the zone finals in February next year.
Show societies across the state were encouraged to still hold a showgirl competition in 2021 in a manner that complied with COVID rules.
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The idea was to make sure the state event could then still go ahead at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2022.
Having grown up in Leeton, Miss Tiffin said going to the show each year was something she enjoyed doing.
"The show has always been great fun ... we would go every year," she said.
"I can't wait for next year."
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