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Queensland Country Shows 2013

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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Whether we're city-slickers or country bumpkins, for most Australians, old and young, Show Time means fun time. Its carnival atmosphere, glitzy glamour and plethora of things to see and do almost inevitably unleashes our inner child, and we become illogically eager to spend exorbitant amounts of money on crazy rides, overpriced show-bags and silly trinkets. However, agricultural shows haven't always been extravagant playgrounds for over-sized kids. Dating back to the earliest days of colonial settlement in Australia, they were originally modelled after the country fairs of old England, where farmers would display their prized livestock and produce, and fraternise with others of the same profession. Even now, beyond Australia's big cities, they serve this purpose and a visit to a country show is a special experience, quite different from a Big City event.

This image is from the Longreach Agricultural Show website.
This image is from the Longreach Agricultural Show website.


This image is from the Townsville Show website.
This image is from the Townsville Show website.


In Queensland, the first agricultural show was held in Clermont in 1868, with the Beenleigh Show held just one year later. As settlers moved further afield, other shows were established throughout the state, and these days, the tradition is still going strong with dozens of shows held annually, from the state's south, to out on the western plains and the tropical far north. In contrast to their larger city kin, country shows have a magic and sweetness that evokes images of a days gone by, when life was simpler and lives of many Australians were dependent upon the land. A celebration of country life and community values, they're also heaps of fun with lots of cool rides and sideshow entertainment that will keep the whole family entertained.

Following, is a list of the shows that will be held throughout Queensland over 2013. For a fun, affordable outing that the whole family will enjoy, you really can't beat a visit to a country show. To find out more, go to the Queensland Shows website.

This image is from the Roma Show website.
This image is from the Roma Show website.


This image is from the Gympie Show website.
This image is from the Gympie Show website.


5 - 7 April 2013: Warwick Show

6 April 2013: Dirranbandi Show

11 - 13 April 2013: Toowoomba Show

13 April 2013: Gayndah Show

19 - 20 April 2013: Nanango Show; Dalby Show; Kilcoy Show

20 April 2013: Mt Perry Show; Marlborough Show

22 - 23 April 2013: Wandoan Show

26 - 27 April 2013: Marburg Show

26 - 28 April 2013: Monto Show

27 April 2013: Tambo Show; Goombungee - Haden Show; Blackbutt Show

28 April 2013: The Caves Show

3 - 4 May 2013: Goondiwindi Show; Wallumbilla Show

4 - 5 May 2013: Barcoo (Blackall) Show; Kingaroy Show; Rocklea Show

5 May 2013: Eidsvold Show; St George Show

6 - 7 May 2013: Taroom Show

9 - 11 May 2013: Roma Show

10 - 11 May 2013: Mundubbera Show; Barcaldine Show

11 May 2013: Baralaba Show; Crow's Nest Show

13 - 14 May 2013: Mitchell Show; Theodore Show

16 - 18 May 2013: Gympie Show; Charleville Show

This image is from the Gympie Show website.
This image is from the Gympie Show website.


17 - 18 May 2013: Longreach Show; Callide Valley (Biloela) Show; Boonah Show

17 - 19 May 2013: Brookfield Show; Ipswich Show

This image is from the Ipswich Show website.
This image is from the Ipswich Show website.


18 - 19 May 2013: Biggenden Show

21 - 22 May 2013: Alpha Show

21 May 2013: Miles Show

24 - 25 May 2013: Fraser Coast (Maryborough)Show; Capella Show; Chinchilla Show; Esk Show

25 May 2013: Cunnamulla Show; Isis District (Childers) Show; Isisford Show

28 -29 May 2013: Clermont Show

29 - 31 May 2013: Bundaberg Show

31 May - 1 June 2013: Lowood Show; Maleny Show; Springsure Show

31 May - 2 June 2013: Hughenden Show

1 - 2 June 2013: Gin Gin Show

1 June 2013: Ridgelands Show; Landsborough (Muttaburra) Show

4 - 5 June 2013: Emerald Show

7 - 8 June 2013: Toogoolawah Show

7 - 9 June 2013: Rockhampton Show; Caboolture Show; Yeppoon Show

8 -10 June 2013: Winton Show

14 - 15 June 2013: Kalbar Show

14 - 16 June 2013: Cloncurry Show; Sunshine Coast (Nambour) Show

15 June 2013: Tee Bar Show

16 June 2013: Pioneer Valley Show

18 - 20 June 2013: Mackay Show

21 - 22 June 2013: Proserpine Show; Woodford Show

21 - 23 June 2013: Mt Isa Show; Rosewood Show

22 - 23 June 2013: Mt Larcom Show

24 - 25 June 2013: Bowen Show

26 June 2013: Ayr Show

28 - 30 June 2013: Redcliffe Show

29 - 30 June 2013: Mudgeeraba Show

28 June - 1 July 2013: Townsville Show

This
This image is from the Townsville Show website.


4 - 5 July 2013: Herbert River (Ingham) Show

5 - 7 July 2013: Malanda Show

6 - 7 July 2013: Laidley Show; Dayboro Show

8 - 9 July 2013: Atherton Show

11 - 12 July 2013: Innisfail Show

13 - 14 July 2013: Mareeba Show; Samford Show

Mareeba Show. This image is from the Tropical North Queensland (The Classic Events Calendar) website.
Mareeba Show. This image is from the Tropical North Queensland (The Classic Events Calendar) website.


17 -19 July 2013: Cairns Show

19 - 20 July 2013: Gatton Show

21 - 22 July 2013: Mossman Show

26 - 27 July 2013: Tully Show

27 -28 July 2013: Mt Gravatt Show, Texas Show

28 - 30 July 2013: Charters Towers Show

2 - 4 August 2013: Pine Rivers Show

3 - 4 August 2013: Sarina Show

7 August 2013: Gladstone Show

8 - 17 August 2013: Royal Queensland Show

10 August 2013: Mt Morgan Show

17 August 2013: Mary Valley (Imbil) Show; Wowan Show

24 August 2013: Canungra Show

30 - 31 August 2013: Wondai Show

30 August - 1 September 2013: Gold Coast Show

30 August 2013: Cooktown Show

6 - 7 September 2013: Beaudesert Show

13 - 14 September 2013: Noosa Show; Beenleigh Show

14 September 2013: Giru Show; Quilpie Show

21 - 22 September 2013: Comet River Show, Tamborine Mountain Show

21 September 2013: Kenilworth Show

28 September 2013: Eumundi Show
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Why? Visiting a country show is a wonderful way to learn about Australia's rural heritage, and they're also heaps of fun.
When: Throughout most of the year
Where: All around Queensland
Cost: It varies depending on where you go and what you do.
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