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Wholesome Old-fashioned Family Fun At Beautiful Beaudesert
Show time is fun time for the whole family and a visit to a country show is a treasured childhood memory for many Australians. This spring there are dozens of wonderful shows held throughout Queensland, quite a few of which are an easy drive from Brisbane.
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Situated just ninety kilometres from Brisbane in the Scenic Rim region, Beaudesert holds one of the most vibrant agricultural shows in south-east Queensland, with much to offer visitors, both young and old. The area has been a flourishing farming area for well over a century, and this year's show – taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September - celebrates the event's 120th anniversary. From its humble beginning as a country fair the show has evolved over the years to become a vibrant two-day festival that attracts visitors from all over south-east Queensland and far beyond.
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Like country shows all over Australia, Beaudesert Show is first and foremost a celebration of the rich agricultural heritage of the local region - a place where primary producers can network with each other and exhibit their prized livestock. However, it's also a genuine city-meets-country experience, giving urban-dwellers the priceless opportunity to see real-live farm animals, as well as view traditional show competitions such as show-jumping, work horse challenges and wood-chopping.
Over in the pavilion, it's also worth checking out the horticultural displays, fruits, vegetables, apiculture, and much more, while food-lovers won't want to miss the beautifully-presented displays of classic country cookery including jams, pickles, cakes and other baked goodies. If you're a artist or crafter you'll also find loads of creative inspiration in the pavilion with the exhibits of paintings, drawings, folk art, paper-crafts, woodwork, knitting, crochet, photography, pottery and needlework – all handmade by talented locals.
Beaudesert Show always has plenty to see and do for every member of the family and this year is certainly no exception. Just a couple of the popular events for this year's line-up includes a Beaut Ute competition and Miss Showgirl competition. There will also be plenty of show-bags for people of all ages, the crazy fun of side-show alley, and plenty of noisy and sometimes scary action over on the rides – popular with both the young and young-at-heart.
In conclusion, if you love show-time but prefer to avoid the hype and sky-high prices of larger city events, this year's Beaudesert Show might be just what you're looking for. Taking place at Beaudesert Showgrounds on Albert Street, it will be held on both Friday September 4th and Saturday September 5th. Admission this year will be $15.00 for an adult one-day pass ($25.00 for two-days), while students and pensioners will be $11.00 for a single day ($20.00 for a two-day pass), children (5 to 12 years old) will be $5.00 for one day, and a one-day family pass (two adults and two children) will be $35.00.
To learn more about this year's Beaudesert Show, take a look at the event's website, contact Beaudesert Show Society on 07 5541 3200 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00am – 3.00pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where:Beaudesert Showgrounds, Albert Street, Beaudesert
Cost:$15.00 for an adult one-day pass ($25.00 for two-days), while students and pensioners will be $11.00 for a single day ($20.00 for a two-day pass), children (5 to 12 years old) will be $5.00 for one day, and a one-day family pass (two adults and two c