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South Australian Country Shows 2013

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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Enjoy the Magic of Showtime in the Country
For a wholesome, old-fashioned family day out there is nothing quite like a trip to a country show. The sights, sounds, local characters, prized livestock and colourful fairground entertainment all combine to create an atmosphere that evokes images of an era when life was simpler, and Australia really did 'ride on the sheep's back', as one old saying declares.

This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Cgoodwin).
This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by Cgoodwin).


While 'big city' shows in Australia's capitals are notorious for being outrageous money-guzzlers, those in the country are much more affordable and are fun, informative outings that the whole family will enjoy. Here in South Australia we have a plethora of country shows to choose from, ranging from quaint rural fairs in the Barossa Valley to colourful outback events, complete with rodeo. Wherever you live and whatever type of event you prefer, there's sure to be a country show that will keep you entertained for a day, or even an entire weekend.

This image is from the Murray Bridge Show website.
This image is from the Murray Bridge Show website


Following is a list of agricultural shows which will be held in South Australia over the remainder of 2013. Pack the car and grab the family to enjoy a nostalgic and unforgettable escape from city life.

This image is from the Kapunda Show website.
This image is from the Kapunda Show website.


10 August 2013: Crystal Brook Show

17 - 18 August 2013: Kadina Show; Whyalla Show

25 August 2013: Quorn Show; Port Lincoln Show

31 August - 1 September 2013: Gawler Show

21 September 2013: Wudinna Districts Show

22 September 2013: Wilmington Show

28 September 2013: Balaklava & Dalkey Show

28 - 29 September 2013: Murray Bridge Show; Kimba Show

5 October 2013: Mt Remarkable (Melrose) Show; Yankalilla, Rapid Bay & Myponga Show

6 - 7 October 2013: Kingston Show; Loxton Show

7 October 2013: Jamestown Show; Strathalbyn Show; Yallunda Flat Show

9 October 2013: Pinnaroo Show; Southern Yorke (Minlaton) Show

12 October 2013: Burra Show; Cummins Show; Keith Show; Mil-Lel Show

12 - 13 October 2013: Port Elliot Show

19 October 2013: Clare Show; Coonalpyn Show

19 - 20 October 2013: Naracoorte Show

25 - 26 October 2013: Mount Gambier Show

27 October 2013: Callington Show

1 - 2 November 2013: Penola Show

2 November 2013: Kangaroo Island Show; Kapunda & Light Show

8 - 10 November 2013: Millicent Show

9 November 2013: Parndana Show

10 November 2013: Eudunda Show

16 November 2013: Bordertown Show

In conclusion, a visit to a country show is so much more than simply scary rides and overpriced show-bags. As an important part of Australia's cultural heritage these events are somewhere we can teach our children about our hard-working primary producers and remind ourselves of a slower, more wholesome way of life. For city-slickers, old and young, there's nothing as thrilling as petting 'real live' farm animals, watching the competitions in the show-ring or drooling over mouth-watering wonders in the cookery pavilion. Amidst all the glitzy attractions of Big City events, these essential elements of show culture are frequently overlooked. With the advent of South Australia's spring show season, be sure to treat the family to a weekend escape from the city, and head off to one of these cool country shows.

To discover more about the history of country shows in South Australia and for more details of the above events, take a look at the South Australian Country Shows website.
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Why? Country shows are friendly, fun and affordable entertainment for the whole family.
When: Throughout the rest of 2013
Where: Throughout South Australia
Cost: It varies.
Your Comment
Good find Carolyn!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11214) 2188 days ago
I love shows like this. I went to one a few years back and it was a wonderful experience.
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|345) 2175 days ago
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