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Enjoyment and fun for everyone
The 2017 Royal Adelaide Show promises to be bigger and better than ever with many new attractions, displays and presentations, as well as many of the old favourites. This year's 242th show will run for 10 days, including two full weekends, opening at 9.00 am on Friday 1st September and closing at 9.30 pm on Sunday 10th September.
For many young people the Royal Show is all about the sideshows and rides.
There will, of course, be lots of things you can spend money on at the show, including rides, sideshows, show bags and products, but there are also hundreds of free things to do at the show, including activities and displays to watch and take part in. Wood Cutting and Pig Racing and Diving are always extremely popular and the main arena provides a constant kaleidoscope of events and activities to watch, including evening fireworks displays.
Wood Cutting is a popular, free event to watch at the Royal Show.
There are so many freebies available that it is possible, once you've paid your entrance fees, to have a great day out without spending another cent. Check to Show website and Facebook Page for suggestions.
Attractive and imaginative garden displays can be seen at the Royal Show.
The Bank SA Farmyard Nursery is always very popular and appeals to young and old alike with plenty of traditional animals on show. This year it will showcase miniature horses, foals and donkeys, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, alpacas, a cow and calf, pigs and piglets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a range of native animals, including kangaroos, wombats and owls. The main aviary will have plenty of feathered friends on show too, including ducks and ducklings, chooks and chickens, swans, geese and pigeons.
The bank SA Farmyard Nursery is popular with children and adults alike.
The Pet Centre in the lower level of the Stirling Angus Hall is another must visit for people interested in animals. A wide range of stalls will offer many different products and treats for dogs, cats and other pets. You will be able to see cats, rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs), caged birds, reptiles and fish.
Aquarium fish can be viewed in The Pet Centre at the Royal Show.
Poultry, pigeons and eggs can be viewed on the upper level of the Stirling Angus Hall.
Animals can also be found in The Learning Centre where you will see baby animals and sheep shearing, milking and feeding demonstrations.
Bank SA Agsplorers Track is a free, fun and educational experience for children of primary school age. An Agsplorers Guide and bag can be collected just outside the Bank SA Farmyard Nursery. The Guide is an educational tool that is fun and engaging – full of fun facts, puzzles, breed information and quizzes, along with the all-important map to show the way.
There are 9 stamping stations located at feature breed sites and Agsplorers can also visit other sites along the way. On completion, Trackers can enter a competition to win a daily prize of a Family Pass to the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show.
Suffolks and other breeds of sheep will be judged at the Royal Show.
It also houses the Food and Wine area, a popular feature which presents an abundance of gastronomic delights to see, try and buy. The aromas, flavours and colourful displays will tempt and entice you and this is just the place to appease the hungry hordes with a "take home pack" of your favourite gourmet food or wine.
The star performance in the Goyder Pavilion this year will be the Tinker Taylor's Magical Toy Shop, showcasing a world of magic and make believe in a fantasy style, 30-minute show that features a mix of dance, popular music, illusion and special effects.
The winners and entrants in many home-based arts and crafts competitions will be on display.
The Wayville Pavilion is Show Bag heaven and with a multitude of different show bags to choose from, you will certainly find a bag to suit every member of the family, from the baby to the grandparents.
The Learning Centre Always a family favourite, this year the Learning Centre is an interactive and informative area where families, children and people of all ages can have fun and learn about agriculture and public education in a safe and supervised environment. Enjoy a range of daily hands-on activities and demonstrations that invite visitors to learn through looking, listening and touching:
Hold baby animals
See baby animal feeding demonstrations
Watch sheep being shorn and cows being milked
Enjoy science busking and hands-on interactive science activities
Take part in fun, interactive health and physical education come and try activities
Learn about the new Adelaide Botanic High School
Newly hatched chickens on display in the Learning Centre at the Royal Show.
The Jubilee Pavilion is an exciting shopper's paradise with more than 250 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of innovative products and services. The Pavilion is divided into 5 major categories: Kid's Zone, Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle, Home & Outdoor Living and Brand South Australia.
Visit the ABC Radio stage at the southern entrance of the Jubilee Pavilion where live radio programs will be broadcast daily and young children can enjoy a kid's zone with activities and a fun photo wall. The littlies will also enjoy Bananas in Pyjamas who will be on stage from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 9th September to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
The Jubilee Pavilion is also home to the Channel 7 stand where you can meet Channel 7 stars, record your own update behind the 7 News desk, immerse yourself in the world of Summer Bay and live on the edge in the My Kitchen Rules kitchen.
The Foodland Pavilion houses Taste SA, one of the greatest showcases of quality products grown and produced across the South Australia. Products on offer include confectionery, condiments, olive oil, smallgoods, baked goods, honey, pasta and wine. Taste SA is a paradise for all foodies with tastings, recipes and opportunities to buy in abundance. Wine, beer, cider and olive oil tastings will be held each day.
Fruit will be judged and displayed at the Royal Show.
Kids' Model Boat Building Workshop is back in The Old Ram for its eighth year. Children can sit and build their own wooden boat and then have the unique experience of launching it in the 'Great Deep' with an immense amount of pride and joy. At the other end of the scale, there will be displays and models of boats that have and still work the great Murray River.
The Market Bazaar offers a range of fair trade, boutique and handmade items.
The Market Bazaar Foyer in the Ridley Centre is home to non-profit organisations and fair trade retailers, with every purchase making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged communities throughout the world. Boutique and handmade goods fill the market, so shop with a conscience and look out for:
Oxfam Shop –a selection of home décor products, music and toys, kitchenware, food and drink, fashion, books, cards and gift-wrap which have all been sourced on a fair trade basis.
Australia Hope International Inc - a not-for-profit overseas aid organisation working primarily in Uganda and DR Congo. Proceeds from their handmade jewellery, woven baskets, backpacks, dolls, girls dresses and cushion covers will support women and children in these disadvantaged communities.
A Little Vintage Dream – South Australian local crafting, incredible handmade dream catchers will see you sleeping peacefully.
The main arena is the venue for many horses in action events.
THE MAIN ARENA
The main arena is where all the Horses-In-Action events will take place, including exciting show jumping events with some of Australia's top riders competing, hack, pony, and rider classes, harness events for horses ranging from Draft horses to Hackneys and novelty races.
These events will continue throughout each day, but a range of other activities will also be showcased in the main arena during the days and evenings.
Isuzu Team D-MAX
Showtime Freestyle Motor X Team
FPV World Cup Drones Championship and the State Drones Championship
Ride Against Suicide
V8 Ute Challenge
And the ever popular Fireworks
On selected days you can also watch:
The Bank SA Grand Parade
Motor Cycle Tunnel of Fire
The Ute Parade
State Young Farmer Challenge
There will be plenty of show nags on offer for those people with a sweet tooth.
SHOW BAGS, SIDE SHOWS and CARNIVAL RIDES
If your pockets are well lined there are, of course, plenty of ways to spend money at the show, with a huge range of show bags, carnival rides and side shows to choose from.
In the Wayville Pavilion, you can select from a multitude of different show bags ranging in price from $2.00 for the Bertie Beetle Blue Show Bag, to $50.00 for the Charlesworth Mammoth Show Bag, returning this year to celebrate Charlesworth's 30th year at the Show.
New show bags for the kids this year are Dr Suess, National Geographic, Captain Underpants, Emoji, and Teletubbies. Old favourites with all new contents include My Little Pony, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Paw Patrol, Pepper Pig and many more!
There are show bags for all members of the family, including children of all ages, teenagers, mothers, fathers, sports lovers, chocoholics to mention a few.
Carnival rides range in price from $5.00 to $20.00 and include many of the usual favourites. New for this year in the main carnival area is the aptly named 'The Beast', which is sure to thrill as it spins and swings through 240 degrees, to a height of 45m, and the Alien Abduction.
Special rides for the littlies in the Kids Carnival are $5.00 to $7.00 and include the new Flying Jumbo Ride along with Race a Rama, small children's Ferris Wheel and the Sea Circus.
Adult Tickets cost $25 at the gate or $22 if pre-purchased from Foodland, IGA or Ticketek. Children's (5 to 14 years) tickets are $16 at the gate or $14 if pre-purchased. (Children under 5 are free)
Concession tickets are $21 at the gate or $18 if pre-purchased.
Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) are $63 at the gate or $54 pre-purchased.
Adult tickets before 1pm on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September are $16.
If you intend to visit the show more than once you can purchase a $10 non-transferable return ticket for your second visit while you are at the show on your first visit.
For maps and information about tickets, parking, public transport, ATMs, lockers, strollers disabled facilities, first aid facilities and more visit the Royal Show Helpful Information page.
The Royal Show Magazine, which can be read online, gives lots of interesting details and background information about all sections of the show as well as providing maps and other practical facts.