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Victorian 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.
Published June 6th 2013
Leave The City Behind And Head For The Hills
Agricultural shows are the ultimate city-meets-country experience. While a visit to a country show offers a rare chance for city slickers to catch a glimpse of rural life, large events in the state capitals are a time when country folk can take a break from the daily grind and experience the bright lights and glitzy attractions of the Big Smoke. Regardless of who we are, where we live and how old we are, Show Time is a magical experience which is an integral part of most Australian childhoods.

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


Unlike many family day-trips, a visit to a country show offers something for everyone, from the youngest child to the most elderly matriarch. Little city kids are astounded by the farm animals, teenagers are invariably eager to spend their last dollars on wild carnival rides and novel show-bags, and nostalgia buffs can relish the ambience of the days when Australia 'rode on the sheep's back', dependent on a thriving agricultural industry.

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


As Australia's second-smallest state, Victoria has relatively short distances between the city and countryside: a fact which makes a day-trip or weekend escape to a rural show extremely practical. Similarly, since it's the country's most densely-populated and urbanised state, a day or weekend at a country show offers some welcome respite from the crowds and noise of city life.

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


Following, is a list of the country shows which will be held throughout Victoria during the latter part of 2013. Gather the family, load the car and escape the city this weekend to experience one of these cool community events.

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


For more information about the country shows which are held around Victoria every year, take a look at the Victorian Agricultural Shows website.

July 19 - 21 2013: Australian Sheep and Wool Show (Bendigo)

July 31 - August 1 2013: Mallee Machinery Field Days

August 5 - 6 2013: Hamilton Sheepvention

August 24 - 25 2013: Wentworth Show

September 1 2013: Finley Show; Ringwood Pre-Royal Show

September 22 2013: Robinvale / Euston Agricultural Show

September 21 - October 2 2013: Royal Melbourne Show

October 1 - 3 2013: Elmore & District Machinery Field Days; Horsham Show

October 4 2013: Murtoa Show

October 4 - 5 2013: Swan Hill & District Show; Yarrawonga & Border Show

October 5 2013: Seymour Show

October 5 - 6 2013: St. Arnaud Show

October 6 2013: Berrigan Show

October 7 - 8 2013: Kerang & District Show

October 9 2013: Rupanyup Show

October 10 2013: Warracknabeal Show

October 11 - 12 2013: Donald Show; Shepparton Show; Wangaratta Show; Wandin Silvan Field Days

October 12 2013: Boort Show; Camperdown Show; Sunbury Show

October 13 2013: Corowa Show

October 15 2013: Rainbow Show

October 17 2013: Nhill Show

October 17 - 20 2013: Mildura Show; Royal Geelong Show

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


October 18 - 19 2013: Barham / Koondrook Show; Benalla Show

October 19 2013: Charlton Show; Dimboola Show; Kyabram Show

October 19 - 20 2013: Naracoorte Show

October 20 2013: Lancefield Show; Rutherglen Show

October 23 2013: Numurkah Show

October 25 - 26 2013: Maffra & District Show

October 25 - 27 2013: Bendigo Show; Warrnambool Show

October 26 2013: Myrtleford & District Show; Stawell Show

October 26 - 27 2013: Cobram Show; Euroa Show

October 27 2013: Ararat Show

November 1 - 3 2013: Colac & District Show; Sale & District Show

November 1 -2 2013: Castlemaine Show

November 2 2013: Dookie Show; Port Fairy Show

November 2 - 3 2013: Whittlesea Show

November 5 2013: Heathcote Show

November 8 - 10 2013: Ballarat Show

November 9 2013: Alexandra Show; Coleraine Show; Koroit Show

November 9 - 10 2013: Bairnsdale Show; Dandenong Show; Echuca / Moama & District Show

November 15 - 16 2013: Kyneton Agricultural Show

November 16 2013: Casterton Show; Clunes & District Show; Noorat & District Show; Omeo & District Show; Mansfield Show

November 17 2013: Beaufort Show

November 23 2013: Daylesford & District Show; Edenhope Show; Yarram Show; Yea Show

November 29 - 30 2013: Traralgon & District Show

November 30 2013: Yulecart Show

December 1 2013: Kingston Show

December 7 2013: Dartmoor & District Show; Kilmore Show; Maryborough District Show; Penshurst Show
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Why? Country shows are a great family outing, as there is so much to see, do and learn.
When: There are country shows on most weekends.
Where: At cities, towns and villages around Victoria.
Cost: It varies
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Really comprehensive information, thanks!
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