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With the heat almost gone from summer, and the onset of the cooler and colourful autumn days, it is time for our country folk to prepare themselves and their crops for those much needed late autumn rains. But before then, there is one essential thing that they must do, and that is to attend and participate in their local annual Country Show, and highlight to all city folk as to what they are missing out on.
Kicking off the year is the Uraidla and Summertown Country Show. Featuring a full day of entertainment, family activities, rides, market stalls, exhibits, competitions, delicious food and some of the best wine from the Adelaide Hills region, there will be something for every member of the family. Ending in a night of music to help you get up and dance the event will finish with a bang when a spectacular fireworks display lights up the sky !
The Angaston Show is a highlight in the Barossa Valley with a full day of entertainment including a comprehensive horse program (hacks, harness, miniatures, show jumping), sheep shearing, log chopping, tractor pull, yard dogs, packed show hall displays, craft and cookery, music, dancing, motorcycle displays, vintage cars, restored vintage machinery, animal nursery and numerous food and trade stalls under large shady trees at the Angaston Oval.
Held at Yakka Park, the Lucindale Show is held in conjunction with the Lucindale Horse Show. With produce, art, sheep dogs, wool, cake decorating, cattle, cookery, flowers, dogs, handicrafts and plenty of horses, there is something for everyone at this South Eastern Show.
With a tag line of the "best little country show", the Mannum Show is packed full of feature events. From the carp throwing competition, balls on water, sheep shearing, ute muster, magicians, motorbike trials and mini-circuses, this is sure to be one of the more unique country shows, and one that should not be missed.
Bubbles - Mannum Show
Mundulla (5 March)
The Moot Yang Gunya Festival and Mundulla Show is a treat worth travelling to. Over 4000 people regularly attend this show which is located 10km south of Bordertown in the State's South East. Activities and entertainment include all the traditional favourites plus glitter tattoos, magicians, the sand pit dig and the special whip crack shootout on Saturday evening.
Hay Bales - Mundulla Show
Maitland (12 March)
Highlights of the 2016 Maitland Show include a performance from Amber Joy Poulton, the Snaparazzi Photobooth, laser skirmish, Whip Industries motorbikes, a speed shearing competition, and several other local and state cooking, handicraft and produce competitions.
The 104th Tanunda Show is aiming to show visitors the best that can be grown, cooked, painted, built, sewn or created in the Barossa. With special events like the Dill Cucumber Championship, the giant fruit and vegetable competition, this is certain to be an exciting show as the Barossa heads in to Vintage mode.
The oldest of the Autumn Shows is the Mt Pleasant Show which celebrates its 153rd birthday this year. Unique activities and events include the Ute Muster, Guinea Pigs and the Colored Fleece and Egg Artistry Competitions.
Out on the Eyre Peninsula, the Cleve Annual Show is the major show on the Peninsula in the first half of the year. This traditional agricultural show has attractions that include shearing competitions, sheaf tossing, a horse arena, and several local craft and produce stalls.
The Mt Barker Show and Horse Show is one of the largest country shows, with highlights including free laser skirmish, gardening presentation by Sophie Thompson, Ravellos Comedy Circus, Old MacDonalds Farm, Children's tent with many free activities, remote control miniature forklifts, and a working model train display. In addition the 60 market stalls will provide opportunities to purchase local arts, crafts and produce as locals look to display and promote their wares.
So if you are looking for an escape from Adelaide during those busy months of February and March, why not give a Country Show a go ? With friendly crowds and rivalries, and great hospitality, SA Country Shows have something for everyone. So why not take a day trip to the Country and mix with the locals and enjoy a great country spectacle.
Images courtesy of each Country Show's facebook page