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Published July 4th 2016
Fun with the family,all day long
The Royal Adelaide Show in early September normally takes centre of attention in the annual "show season" marking the celebration of the changing of seasons and the return of warmer days. But let's not forget that surrounding the Royal Adelaide Show are 37 regional shows at various country locations, each of them celebrating their own spring and the changing of seasons in their own individual and unique ways.
Regular events throughout the country shows include Ute Musters, wood chopping, sheep trials and races, with several shows incorporating regional horse trials and various equestrian events. Country music and local dancing troupes are at the fore quite often with several name or local performers entertaining the crowds into the early evening.
Unique events include scarecrow and firepit competitions, vintage and farm machinery displays, quad and post office bike racing, lawn mower pulling and billy cart competitions, demolition derbies and hay bale painting challenges.
Supplementing these are the traditional cooking, gardening, photography and sewing competitions with many local and regional prizes up for grabs, as well as a number of events for local groomed sheep and associated farm animals. Country Shows are also an opportunity for the presentation of awards to local community members whose efforts have gone above and beyond in their normal course of duty.
And not to be outdone by the Royal Adelaide Show, each country show has its own sideshow alley complete with various rides for kids of many ages, animal displays, showbags, and the always popular fireworks to end each evening.
From Mt Gambier to Mt Remarkable, and Port Elliot to Port Lincoln, there are country shows in most regions, many of whom are only an hour away from Adelaide making them an ideal day trip. And for those a bit further away, why not make a weekend of it and spend some time in a South Australian Country Town. Dates of each of the shows are below, along with a link to an information page containing more details on particular events at each show.
So if you can't make it to the Royal Adelaide Show, or don't wish to mix with the huge crowds, why not pack the family the car and head to one of these 37 regional towns and try a country show for a country show for a change. With something for everyone, and a much smaller and country friendly crowd, you surely won't be disappointed.