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Four-legged, furry, feathered and fishy at the Royal
The 2016 Adelaide Royal Show will open on Friday 2nd September and run for 10 action-packed days and nights until Sunday 11th September.

Animals are a major part of every Royal show and provide hours of free entertainment and pleasure for show patrons.

Animals and their owners and handlers will participate in a variety of competitions and events which are free for members of the public to watch. Most of the animals will be on display after their competitions and members of the public will be able to wander through their display areas to view them. In many cases, they will be able to pat and stroke the animals but it is important to always ask an animal's owner or handler before touching it.


Alpaca competitions including classes for Alpaca fleeces and Junior judging and handling, will take place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September.

Beef Cattle are judged in classes for different breeds of beef cattle, with the Best of Breed winners competing against one another for the title of Supreme Champion Beef Exhibit. The Royal Show feature breed this year is the Murray Grey. A competition will also be held for the best Herdsperson. The complete judging program can be viewed on the Adelaide Royal Show website.

The Dairy Cattle feature breed at this year's Royal Show, the Ayshire, will be judged on 7th September and other dairy breeds will be judged on 5th and 6th September along with Junior Show and Young Handler competitions.

Goats at this year's show will include Miniature, Angora, Boer and Dairy breed goats. Judging will continue throughout the show with different breeds judged on different days. The complete judging program can be viewed on the Adelaide Royal Show website.

Pigs, including Landrace, this year's feature breed, will be judged in the Pig Pavilion on 4th and 5th September.

Poultry breeds, Pigeons and Egg classes will all be judged on 2nd September and exhibits will be on display in the Poultry and Pigeon Pavilion. Feature Pigeon breeds this year will be Show Pen Homers, Runt and German Beauty, and feature Poultry breeds will be Indian Runner Duck and Rosecomb Bantam.

Sheep will be judged from 2nd to 8th September and the different breeds, including Merinos, the feature breed for this year, will be on display in the Sheep Pavilion. The complete judging program can be viewed on the Adelaide Royal Show website.

Sheep Shearing Competitions will take place on 10th September in the Sheep Pavilion.

Sheep Dog Trials will be contested in the Main Arena at 4.20 pm on 9th and 10th September.


Aquarium Fish are judged before the show but entries will be on display during the show in the Pet Centre.

Caged Birds which will be judged and on display in the Pet Centre include Canaries (2nd September), Budgerigars (5th September), Finches (7th September), Zebra Finches (8th September) and other caged birds (10th September).

Cats will also be situated in the Pet Centre. Different breeds will be displayed and judged each day with all the major prize winners returning for final judging on Sunday 11th September. The judging program can be viewed on the Adelaide Royal Show website.

Cavies (Guinea Pigs) will be judged and displayed in the pet Centre on 11th September.

Show Dogs will be judged in the Dog Pavilion by two international judges, with different breeds competing on different days. The best of each breed will return on Saturday 10th September for final judging, culminating in Best In Show. Feature breeds for 2016 are the Greyhound and the Whippet. The complete judging program can be downloaded from the Royal Show website.

Parts of the dog judging will be streamed live and can be viewed on the Royal Show website.

Dog Obedience classes will be judged from 6pm on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th September.

Dog Agility Games will be judged from 6pm on Saturday 10th September and Agility classes will start at 1pm on Sunday 11th September.

Dogs Weight Pull competition will be held in the Leader Pavilion from 3 pm on 10th September.

A Dances With Dogs Demonstration will take place in the Dog Pavilion from 1pm on Sunday 11th September.

Rabbits will be at the Show on 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th September in the Pet Centre. Rabbit Show Jumping will take place on the 7th.

Reptiles will be judged on 2nd September in the Pet Centre.


Horses In Action competitions will be contested every day in the main arena. They will include Show Jumping, classes for riding horses and ponies, novelty races and musical chairs, events for horses and ponies in harness, turnout competitions and classes for drivers and for riders in different age groups. The full timetable can be downloaded from the Adelaide Royal Show website.

Some of the Horse competitions will be streamed live and can be viewed on the Royal Show website.

The Grand Parade of horses and livestock is a spectacle to behold with the animals wearing all the ribbons and sashes they have won at the Show. Four Grand Parades will take place during the Show; at 3pm on 3rd September, 6pm on 4th September, 12 noon on 6th September and 3pm on 7th September.

Harness Racing returns to the Royal Show for the first time since 1972 and will take place at 7pm each night except for Sunday 11th September when the horses will race at 5.45pm.


The Bank SA Farmyard Nursery is always extremely popular and appeals to young and old alike with plenty of traditional animals on show. This year it will showcase miniature horses, foals and donkeys, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, a cow and calf, pigs and piglets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a range of native animals, including kangaroos, wombats and owls. The main aviary will have plenty of feathered friends on show too, including ducks and ducklings, chooks and chickens, swans, geese and pigeons.

Children visiting the Farmyard Nursery will have the opportunity to cuddle cute, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens whilst having their photos taken.

The ever popular Pig Racing and Diving will be delighting young and old again at this year's Royal Show with six sessions each day in the Western Entertainment Arena.

The Pet Centre in the Stirling Angus Hall is another must visit for people interested in animals. A wide range of stalls will offer many different products and treats for dogs, cats and other pets. You will be able to have an 'up close and personal' experience with lizards and snakes and even say hello to a visiting crocodile from the north and have a 'happy snap' taken with it!

Animals can also be found in the Learning Centre where you will see baby animals, sheep shearing and milking and feeding demonstrations.

The Royal Adelaide Show 2016 Magazine has lots more information about the animals and many other attractions at the show and can be viewed via the Royal Adelaide Show website.

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Why? Hours of free entertainment and delight at the Show.
When: 2nd to 11th September 2016
Where: Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville
Cost: Tickets range from $14 for a child (pre-purchased) to $63 for a family (at the gate)
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