A lack of entries in the Miss Merino Shears competition means the event won’t be staged this year. Organiser Liz Wright had hoped to relaunch the event at the 50th New Zealand Merino Shearing and Woolhandling International Championships in Alexandra this week, after a three-year absence, but no entries had been received. ‘‘It’s a bit of a shame, really,’’ she said. The competition was aimed at 17 to 23-year-olds and entries had been requested via the rural women’s network. Ms Wright was at a loss to explain the lack of entries, but believed the competition no longer had the high profile it used to have. The Miss Merino competition started out as a ‘‘Fleece to Fashion’’ parade in 1959 and by the mid-1970s had attracted 20 to 25 entrants a year.