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Country Shows - Simply the Best
With such a wide and varied State, South Australia is home to many unique and different country shows. Autumn marks the time for a number of regional towns to have their annual Country Show, typically in conjunction with other activities in the region. So why not take a day trip to the Country and mix with the locals and enjoy one of these great country spectacles.
Uraidla and Summertown (21 February)
The Uraidla and Summertown Show and Sustainability Fair is the first country show of the year and is set in beautiful surroundings in the Piccadilly Valley, 20 minutes from the CBD up Greenhill Road. The show features sustainability displays, SA Yard Dog trials, horses, ute muster and all the usual attractions.
Visitors to this 127th annual show will see an excellent Food and Wine Area, alive with flavours waiting to be experienced, complemented by local live entertainment. The 11th Sustainability Fair will again be held in the adjacent schoolgrounds and showcases a number of technologies such as solar hot water systems, solar energy systems, sustainable gardening, house design and much more.
Lucindale (28 February)
Held at Yakka Park, the Lucindale Show is held in conjunction with the Lucindale Horse Show. With produce, art, sheep dogs, wool, cake decorating, cattle, cookery, flowers, dogs, handicrafts and plenty of horses, there is something for everyone at this South Eastern Show.
The two day Angaston Show is a highlight in the Barossa Valley with two full days of entertainment including a comprehensive horse program (hacks, harness, miniatures, show jumping), sheep shearing, log chopping, tractor pull, yard dogs, packed show hall displays, craft and cookery, music, dancing, motorcycle displays, vintage cars, restored vintage machinery, animal nursery and numerous food and trade stalls under large shady trees at the Angaston Oval.
Woodchopping at Angaston
Mannum (7 March)
With a tag line of the "best little country show", the Mannum Show is packed full of feature events. From the carp throwing competition, balls on water, camel rides, magicians, motorbike trials, mini-circuses and a Comedy Hypnosis Rewired, this is sure to be one of the more unique country shows, and one that should not be missed.
Mundulla (7 - 8 March)
The Moot Yang Gunya Festival and Mundulla Show is a treat worth travelling to. Over 4000 people regularly attend this show which is located 10km south of Bordertown in the State's South East. Activities and entertainment include all the traditional favourites plus glitter tattoos, magicians, the sand pit dig and the special whip crack shootout on Saturday evening.
The only mid-week Autumn Show is the Maitland Show, and for a special treat, Cosi (from South Aussie with Cosi) will be opening the Show. Other highlights of the 2015 Show include the Snaparazzi Photobooth to support Cows for Cambodia (Cosi's chosen charity), laser skirmish, Whip Industries motorbikes, a speed shearing competition, and several other local and state cooking, handicraft and produce competitions.
Tanunda (14 March)
The 103rd Tanunda Show is aiming to show visitors the best that can be grown, cooked, painted, built, sewn or created in the Barossa. With special events like the Dill Cucumber Championship, the giant fruit and vegetable competition, this is certain to be an exciting show as the Barossa heads in to Vintage mode.
The oldest of the Autumn Shows is the Mt Pleasant Show which celebrates its 152nd birthday this year. Unique activities and events include the Ute Muster, Guinea Pigs and the Colored Fleece and Egg Artistry Competitions.
Out on the Eyre Peninsula, the Cleve Annual Show is the major show on the Peninsula in the first half of the year. This traditional agricultural show has attractions that include shearing competitions, sheaf tossing, a horse arena, and several local craft and produce stalls.
Mt Barker (28 - 29 March)
The Mt Barker Show and Horse Show is one of the largest country shows, with highlights including free laser skirmish, gardening presentation by Sophie Thompson, Ravellos Comedy Circus, Old MacDonalds Farm, Children's tent with many free activities, remote control miniature forklifts, and a working model train display. In addition the 60 market stalls will provide opportunities to purchase local arts, crafts and produce as locals look to display and promote their wares.
So if you are looking for an escape from Adelaide during February and mad-March, why not give a Country Show a go ? With friendly crowds and rivalries, and great hospitality, Country Shows have something for everyone.