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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
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It's a peaceful show, but there will be fireworks
show logo
It's on.

The annual Lilydale Show is on again this November, in its 66th year. The Lilydale Agricultural & Horticultural Society was formed in 1953 when Lilydale was virtually in the country. Today suburbia has encroached but the Show still has a country atmosphere.

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The winner of this years show poster.

It also has a real carnival atmosphere with sideshows, rides, games, and show bags.

No show is complete without these.

show ride
High altitude fun.

The most popular activity is the woodchop competition. Experienced axemen wield their sharp axes and the chips really fly as it is a much contested event.

wood chopping
Woodchopper in action.

There are strong competitions in Cookery, Craft, Needlework, Art, Photography, Wool, Horticulture, Victorian Scottish Dancing (Sunday), Highland Dancing (Saturday), Sheep (Saturday), Goats (Sunday), and Poultry (Saturday). There are many classes available for children to enter and display their work.

sheep shearing.
Sheep shearing demonstrations always popular.

Horse events, both led and ridden will be held on No. 2 Oval.

During a horse event.

In the horticultural pavilion.

The Melba Park area is a family and community area. Come along and see the animal nursery or the reptile display. There are pony rides and sheepdog trials and lots of fun activities for the kids including roving entertainers. You can watch the CFA and SES cut up a car or go through the smokehouse.

show ground
View from the top of the ferris wheel.

photo display
Part of the photographic exhibition.

The Melba Park stage runs free entertainment both days including music, magic and Zumba classes. On Sunday our Talent Quest is a fantastic example of our local artists. It's a great place to sit and take a break with your family.

ladies spinning.
Demonstration of spinning wool into yarn.

There are many stalls selling a large range of products giving a market atmosphere. Many local businesses proudly show and demonstrate their products.

Needlework sections attract many entries.

Food vans are spread around the show catering for all tastes including sit-down Devonshire Teas.

The biggest crowd-pleaser is the Saturday evening fireworks display. It is not often that you can get this close to fireworks action to see this visual extravaganza.

A crowd pleaser every year.

Admission prices are $15-00 for adults, children (5-14 yrs) $6-00, under 5 free.
Concession/students $8-00.
Family concession (2 Adults and three children under 14) $35-00.

Twilight entertainment and fireworks (after 6.00 Saturday) is Adults $10-00, children $4-00, Concession/student $6-00 and family concession $25-00.

This is the biggest annual event held in Lilydale and is an experience not to be missed.
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Phone: 9735-1292
Where: Lilydale Showgrounds. 27-29 Market St. Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E. 3.
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Hi Neil
You were our wedding photographer back in '85!
And you photographed my travelling sister when she was briefly home as a gift to our parents. And then you did a couple of bigger family shoots once the grandchildren came along!
Happy times....
Good to see you're keeping busy in retirement.
Kath Green ( my parents were Kevin and Rosemary Green from East Bentleigh - sadly neither with us any more)
Kath Green
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