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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.

Pig Racing Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Pig Racing, Royal Adelaide Show


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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.

Wayville Showgrounds Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Wayville Showgrounds

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.

Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Royal Adelaide Show

Although the primary use of the showgrounds was the annual display of produce and livestock, the showgrounds have also been used for national emergencies.

In 1919 the Jubilee Building and Showground was converted into a hospital and quarantine camp to cope with the massive European influenza epidemic that killed an estimated 21 million people worldwide.

From 1939-1946 the Showground was used as a training, mobilisation and demobilisation site by the Armed Forces during World War II.

In 1974 the Showground facilities and staff were used to assist the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Government to handle the aftermath of Darwin's Cyclone Tracy disaster.
Adelaide Showground History

Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Royal Adelaide Show

2013 Information

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.

The Main Arena, Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
The Main Arena, Royal Adelaide Show

Opening times:
Friday 6th September to Saturday 14th September. 9am to 11pm

Ticket prices are:

Adults $22 at the gate, or $18.70 if pre-bought
Children $14.50 at the gate, or $12.35 if pre-bought
Concession $18 at the gate, or $15.30 if pre-bought
Children under 5 are free

Pre-Show ticket sales will be available via IGA soon (they were not available at the time of publication)

Ferris Wheel, Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Ferris Wheel, Royal Adelaide Show

Getting to the Wayville Showgrounds is easy. You can drive yourself and park or let someone else do the driving by catching public transport. Trains, trams and buses stop nearby and often.

Wood Chopping, Royal Adelaide Show (©paula mcmanus)
Wood Chopping, Royal Adelaide Show
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Why? where the best stuff is on show
When: 6th to 14th September, 2013
Phone: 8210 5211
Where: Wayville Showgrounds
Cost: prices vary, but are cheaper if purchased before the show starts
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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.
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