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Kilmore Agricultural Show 2018

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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.
Enjoy wholesome family fun at this traditional country show
The increasingly warm weather of early summer generally brings an end to Victoria's annual spring fair, fete and festival season. The same can be said for the state's country shows, with the last of these being mainly held towards the end of November. However, those of us who enjoy the charm, excitement and colour of these iconic Australian events will be glad to know that we still have one last opportunity to indulge, with Kilmore Agricultural Show taking place on Saturday, December 1st.

Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website
Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website

Situated just 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, Kilmore is close enough to be easily accessible for a day-trip yet far enough away to maintain a laid-back rural ambience, making it a great destination for country show enthusiasts. Now in its 156th year, Kilmore Show is a much-loved event on the local social calendar and includes a terrific assortment of traditional show-time favourites that will be sure to entertain the whole family – from the littlest toddler to the most elderly matriarch.

Image courtesy of Pavel / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Pavel / Wikimedia Commons

The focus of a traditional Australian agricultural show is invariably livestock, farm produce and rural skills, and Kilmore Show has a jam-packed program that celebrates the local rural heritage and the people who make their living on the land. The Championship Horse Show schedule will be sure to keep horse and pony-lovers on the edge of their seats, while the fleece competition offers visitors the opportunity to see professional wool classers judge this year's best quality sheep fleeces.

Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website
Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website

Kilmore Show's Championship Dog Show also promises to be a popular attraction for visitors of all ages, as will be the Victorian Yard Utility Farm Dog Trial, which will test the skills of working dogs and their handlers. Other canine events which will definitely entertain visitors include the Dog High Jump and the Small Dog Dash.

Indoors, in the pavilions, country artists, crafters, gardeners and cooks will also be vying for a win at this year's show. All the country show favourites will be on display including art, photography, sewing, crochet, patchwork, knitting and much more, while local gardeners will be showing off their home-grown produce and flowers, and country cooks will be exhibiting a mouth-watering array of fabulous goodies.

Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website
Image courtesy of the Kilmore Show website

For many people, however, Showtime is all about crazy fairground rides, showbags and Sideshow Alley, and Kilmore Show provides all these for visitors of every age. Free face-painting and a children's farm are just a couple of the many cool diversions that will keep the youngest members of the family happy and entertained on the big day.

In a nutshell, if you're looking for a final family fair fix before the hot weather of summer finally kicks in, Kilmore Agricultural Show will definitely be the place to head for. An easy drive from Melbourne, it's a classic country fair at which you can indulge in all of your favourite showtime pursuits at a fraction of the cost of the big city events.

Entry for this year's Kilmore Show is an absolute bargain - just $10.00 for adults, while students and concession-card holders will be charged $5.00. Children under 18 years of age are free. However, for health and safety reasons, they must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Kilmore Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at Kilmore Racecourse and Recreation Reserve on East Street in Kilmore. Public gates will open at 10am. To find out more, visit the Kilmore Show website or their Facebook page. Alternatively, if you have any queries you can email to
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Why? Kilmore Agricultural Show is a traditional Australian country fair with loads of fun for the whole family.
When: Saturday, December 1st - from 10am
Where: Kilmore Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, East Street, Kilmore
Cost: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and concession-card holders. Children under 18 years of age are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
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