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No need to wait for the Royal Melbourne Show in September as the Red Hill Show offers the same experience on a smaller scale at a lot less cost and you wont be stuck in traffic getting there, sounds perfect doesn't it?
A visit to the Red Hill Show has stretched through the generations of my family and I happily continue the tradition with our children. Over the years the shows dynamics have changed (not always for the better in regards to the horse program being moved to Boneo Park as it was a major attraction) but the overall feel of the show is still the same, a relaxed country show feel with plenty of interesting things to see and do.
Animals make up a good percentage of the shows events with cattle being a favourite with the crowds along with sheep ( including the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch college students who look after and enter the sheep in various agricultural show competitions) along with the fluffy and cute alpacas and llamas, chickens, pigs, ducks, fancy dress ponies, working dogs, ferrets and rats, that's right RATS and you can have your photo taken holding one for a few dollars (show and tell maybe?).
If you want to see the show jumping and Clydesdale's you will need to head down to the Boneo Park Equestrian Centre on the weekend of the 5th 6th of April to see the competition. The equestrian centre is located at 312 Boneo Rd, Boneo and entry costs $5 for a car full which is good value.
Apart from the animals there is a range of craft and cookery entries with schools and children also entering in specific categories, which is quite interesting to view some of the amazing creations they come up with. Cookery is a always popular, everyone loves food and here is no exception. Look at the time consuming details of last years decorative cakes below. Other areas of interest is the floral section, photography competition and the Grand Parade held on the oval at 2:30pm.
Okay so the male folk may not be taken with the craft or cookery but most enjoy watching the wood chop, vintage car display, looking at the vegetable entries which include these giant pumpkins, working dog demonstration and competitions and checking out one of the many food stalls on offer.
For the kids there are show bag stands, motorbike stunt displays on the oval, show rides (more suited to the under 8's) a butterfly tent, ferret races, and other activities throughout the day that will be listed on the program that's given out at the gate upon entry.
Hopefully this years show will be as enjoyable and popular as previous years gone by and everyone has a fantastic time. For other attractions the Mornington Peninsula have a look at Weekend Notes Best Attractions on the Mornington Peninsula here.
Thanks for the lovely comments re our Show. We are exceptionally proud of it and it is completely run by volunteers who give up so much of their time, especially around this time of year, to make it the event it is. Just an FYI re the horses - as much as we loved having the horse events on Show Day, the horses were removed from the actual Show Day (Saturday) for two reasons - the first one was due to restrictions placed on all groups who use the ovals on the grounds. Sadly, having the horses on the ovals digs up the surface. This oval is in use for the football season and it make the oval dangerous for the players. The second reason we moved the Show Jumping portion to Boneo Park was due to how large and successful the event has become. Our Show Jumping event is one looked forward to by competitors, including the top jumpers in the country. As you mentioned, it is a two day event and events happen non stop for both days, over two jumping arenas, that are professional standard, therefore much safer for the horses and riders, as well as more "spectator friendly", than we could have ever offered on the Show Grounds. The move has been well excepted by all those involved. In fact the show jump portion of our event has not been on show day for approximately 10 years now :-)
We hope you enjoy this years Show in two weeks time.