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South Australian Country Shows This Spring

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Published July 4th 2016
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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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Competitions


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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Entertainment


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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Races


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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Sideshow Alley


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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Fireworks


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.



August

13 - Crystal Brook
14 - Port Lincoln
20 & 21 - Kadina
20 & 21 - Whyalla
26, 27 & 28 - Gawler

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Hay Bales


September

17 - Wudinna
17 - Quorn
18 - Wilmington
24 & 25 - Kimba
24 & 25 - Murray Bridge
24 - Balaklava and Dalkey

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Displays


October

1 - Mt Remarkable (Melrose)
1 - Yankalilla, Rapid Bay & Myponga
2 & 3 - Kingston
2 & 3 - Loxton
2 & 3 - Strathalbyn
3 - Jamestown
3- Yallunda Flat
5 - Pinnaroo
5 - Southern Yorke (Minlaton)
8 - Burra
8 & 9 - Port Elliot
8 - Cummins
8 - Keith
8 - Mil-Lel
15 - Clare
15 - Coonalpyn
15 & 16 - Naracoorte
21 & 22 - Mt Gambier
28 & 29 - Penola
29 - Kangaroo Island
29 - Kapunda & Light
30 - Callington



November

4,5 & 6 - Millicent
12 - Parndana
12 & 13 - Bordertown
13 - Eudunda

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Champions


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.

South Australian Country Shows, Spring Shows, Country Show
Ponies


Further details on all country shows can be obtained from the South Australian Country Shows website or from their new facebook page.

All images from SA Country Show Website and Facebook Pages
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When: August - November 2016
Where: Country South Australia
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