Every year since 1925 South Australians have been heading to the Wayville Showgrounds for the Royal Adelaide Show. But the Show hasn't always been about showbags, sideshows and thrill rides. It also hasn't always been located in Wayville.
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The very first Show was held in Grenfell Street in 1840. It moved around a bit, from Hindley Street to the parklands opposite the Newmarket Hotel. Then, in 1852 the show was cancelled altogether when "gold fever" hit Victoria and everyone headed across the border to get rich. Luckily, or not as the case may be, they didn't find their fortunes; they all came back and the Show was on again.
The South Australian Agricultural Society was formed in 1839 for "the advancement of agricultural and pastoral knowledge, and to promote the development of the natural resources of our noble Colony".
In 1924 the Show found its permanent home at Wayville and it's been there ever since. South Australians love their show and the number of people going to the annual event is as big now as it's ever been. In 1998 the South Australian Government granted the Society an extended lease for another 50 years from 2012, providing use of the Adelaide Showground until at least the year 2062.
The Royal Adelaide Show is South Australia's biggest annual event run by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia.
These days the Royal Adelaide Show is a full-on 9 days of fun and entertainment that has something for everyone. There are food and wine tastings, entertainment with bands and performing artists, exhibitions and displays, fashion parades, competitions, animals (livestock and pets); farmyard nursery, sideshows, carnival rides, pig racing, wood chopping, dog and cat judging and much, much more; more than I can list here.
Bloody disgraceful, left $500 down with one two happy kids, one disappointed and two disgraced adults, since when does a fresh Dagwood dog and cinnamon donut sit warming in a window, terrible, kids have been told never again.