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Country Shows in New South Wales 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.
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Escape The City And Visit One Of These Cool Rural Shows
Showtime is as much a part of Australian country life as beaches and barbecues are for those of us who live on the coast. Almost every small town has its local show, and the large ones which are held in our capital cities are visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. In comparison to these huge and glitzy events, country shows have their own special magic. Without the crowds, innumerable rides, fancy fireworks and overwhelming noise, these events are a 'true blue' celebration of the best of Australian country life: life on the land and strong community ties.

Country shows are lots of fun and much better value than their big city brethren.
Country shows are lots of fun and much better value than their big city brethren.


Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.
Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.


The history of agricultural shows in New South Wales can be traced back to the very early years of colonial settlement. The Agricultural Society of New South Wales was first formed in 1822 by a group of the colony's leading citizens, and while it temporarily lapsed in 1836 due to the pressures of drought and economic woes, it reformed in 1857. Initially known as Exhibitions, shows were held regularly by the Agricultural Society, firstly in Parramatta before moving to Prince Alfred Park in 1868 and Moore Park in 1881, where it was held for the next 115 years before being moved to its current venue in the Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay.

Over the years, as the colonial settlement expanded, so too did the influence of the Royal Agricultural Society and regional shows became regular and greatly anticipated local events. These days, country shows can be found in all parts of New South Wales, from the peripherals of Sydney to large regional centres and small outback hamlets. Regardless of their size, each has its own distinct ambience, and there's invariably much to see and do to keep the whole family happy for a day or more.

Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.
Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.


Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.
Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.


With the arrival of cooler weather, the 2013 show season is now well under way. The following is a list of the many country shows which will be held throughout the rest of the year. For a fun, affordable and informative weekend away from the city, you really can't beat a visit to a rural show. Load your family into the car, leave the rat-race behind you and discover the pleasures of Australian country life. You may never want to return.

For more information about agricultural shows in New South Wales, go to the Agricultural Societies Council of New South Wales website.

Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.
Image is from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Ltd website.


Autumn Shows

15 -16 March 2013: Camden Show; Dunedoo Show; Gloucester Show; Lithgow Show; Muswellbrook Show

16 March 2013: Bombala Show; Tumbarumba Show

16 - 17 March 2013: Taralga Show; Yass Show

23 March 2013: Batlow Show

24 March 2013: Jingellic Show

1 April 2013: Jerrawa Show

5 - 6 April 2013: Stroud Show; Wauchope Show

7 April 2013: Mendooran Show

9 - 10 April 2013: Kempsey Show

12 - 13 April 2013: Macksville - Nambucca River Show; Bonalbo Show

12 - 14 April 2013: Gunnedah Show; Bathurst Show

13 April 2013: Brewarrina Show

14 April 2013: Woodenbong Show

16 - 17 April 2013: Maclean Show

19 - 20 April 2013: Grafton Show; Moree Show

20 April 2013: Bourke Show

20 - 21 April 2013: Orange Show

19 - 21 April 2013: Hawkesbury Show

23 April 2013: Yeoval Show

26 - 27 April 2013: Cobar Show

27 April 2013: Wellington Show

26 - 28 April 2013: Coffs Harbour Show; Narrabri Show

28 - 29 April 2013: Nyngan Show

30 April - 1 May 2013: Gilgandra Show

3 - 5 May 2013: Dubbo Show

4 - 5 May 2013: Bellinger River Show; Gosford Regional Show

7 - 8 May 2013: Coonamble Show

9 - 11 May 2013: Warialda Show

11 May 2013: Gulargambone Show

11 - 12 May 2013: Walgett Show

17 - 19 May 2013: Wee Waa Show

18 May 2013: Warren Show

18 - 19 May 2013: St Ives & Northern Suburbs Show

25 - 26 May 2013: Bingara Show

Spring Shows

9 - 10 August 2013: Tullamore Show

10 - 11 August 2013: Mungindi Show

13 - 14 August 2013: Trundle Show

17 August 2013: Bedgerabong Show

18 August 2013: Weethalle Show

20 - 21 August 2013: Peak Hill Show

23 - 24 August 2013: Condobolin Show

24 August 2013: Ganmain Show

24 - 25 August 2013: Penrith Show; Wentworth Show

26 - 28 August 2013: Parkes Show

30 - 31 August 2013: Narromine Agricultural Show; Grenfell Show

30 August - 1 September 2013: Campbelltown Show

31 August 2013: Lake Cargelligo Show; Barellan Show

1 September 2013: Finley Show; Woodstock Show

3 - 4 September 2013: West Wyalong Show

5 - 7 September 2013: Forbes Show

6 - 7 September 2013: Murrumburrah Show

7 September 2013: Narrandera Show; Manildra Show; Ungarie Show

7 - 8 September 2013: Barmedman Show

8 September 2013: Ariah Park Show

10 - 11 September 2013: Cowra Show

13 - 14 September 2013: Eugowra Show

14 - 15 September 2013: Bulli Show; Hay Show; Quirindi Show

15 September 2013: Cudal Show

21 September 2013: Ardlethan Show

21 - 22 September 2013: Nimbin Show; Merriwa Show

22 September 2013: Molong Show; Lockhart Show

22 - 24 September 2013: Young Show

27 - 28 September 2013: Kyogle Show; Singleton Show; Canowindra Show

28 September 2013: Temora Show; Hillston Show

3 - 4 October 2013: Wagga Wagga Show

5 October 2013: Culcairn Show; Bribbaree Show

6 October 2013: Berrigan Show

6 - 7 October 2013: Griffith Show

7 October 2013: Morongla Show; Walbundrie Show

11 - 12 October 2013: Leeton Show

11 - 13 October 2013: Taree & Manning River Show

12 October 2013: Illabo Show; Casino Show; Trunkey Creek Show

12 - 13 October 2013: Picton Show

13 October 2013: Corowa Show

14 October 2013: Norfolk Island Show

17 - 19 October 2013: Lismore Show

18 - 19 October 2013: Barham Show

19 October 2013: Cootamundra Show; The Rock Show; Tooraweenah Show

25 - 26 October 2013: Alstonville Show

26 October 2013: Carcoar Show; Junee Show

1 - 2 November 2013: Murwillumbah Show

1 - 3 November 2013: Albury Show

2 - 3 November 2013: French's Forest Show

8 - 9 November 2013: Dungog Show

9 November 2013: Holbrook Show; Neville Show

9 - 10 November 2013: Queanbeyan Show; Mullumbimby Show; Minto Show

15 - 16 November 2013: Bangalow Show; Bulahdelah Show

23 - 24 November 2013: Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes
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Why? Country shows are always heaps of fun, and visiting one is a great excuse to escape the city for a day or two.
When: Throughout the year.
Phone: 02 9879 6777
Where: Throughout the state.
Cost: Various.
Your Comment
I aim to get to one of these at least this year! Fingers crossed! Thanks for this article, I have it bookmarked!
by Belinda Gleeson (score: 1|10) 1903 days ago
I have never heard of some of these places... a good idea would to add a RACQ distance/ travel km thingy... ((-: r
by rober (score: 0|2) 1925 days ago
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