Rides and Showbags and food, oh my! Follow the Yellow Brick Road around South Australia's longest running event and the main attraction on the Adelaide Showground calendar. The Royal Adelaide Show is on from Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 14, 2013.
This year marks 21 years of pig racing, Bertie Beetle turns 50 and Peter Combe will be performing at the Kids Corner in Goyder Plaza every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets purchased at the gate on the day cost $22 for adults, $18 for students/concession, $14.50 for children aged 5 to 15 years, and children under 5 are free. Discounts apply when pre-purchased from Ticketek, Foodland or IGA.
New to the Show is the Family Value Pack. For $145 receive entry for 4 people, car parking, food and drinks, 2 Showbag vouchers and discounted ride coupons. Visit the website for further information and enjoy the Show!
What else is happening at the Showground this spring? Let's see.
You can enter True Grit Night Attack and tackle a 5 kilometre military inspired course. The track has 17 obstacles and a glow in the dark theme. It's held on the nights of Tuesday, October 1, Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3. Entry closes soon and costs between $75 and $85 (it's free to go and watch). Visit the website for more details.
There is the Mind Body Spirit Festival on Saturday, October 5 to Monday, October 7 from 10 am until 7 pm in the Goyder Pavilion. Experience meditation, yoga, natural therapies, psychic readings, life coaching, spiritual healing, nutritious food, seminars, performances and more. Entry to Australia's premiere well-being expo costs $15 for adults, $13 concession and children under 14 are free. Visit the website for more details.
Spring is a great time to get into the garden. Find inspiration at the Australian Plant Society Flower Display & Plant Sale on Saturday, October 12, 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday, October 13, 10 am until 4 pm. It's held in the Stirling Angas Pavilion and entry costs just $3. Visit the website for more details.
Entry is free to the the October Gift & Craft Fair on Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20 from 10 am until 5 pm in the Stirling Angas Pavilion. Stock up on gifts and goodies like jewellery, cosmetics, skin care, clothing, prints, scrapbooking and gourmet food. Visit the website for more details.
The Sunday Mail Home & Garden Show will help with your building, renovating, landscaping, furnishing and decorating. It's on Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20 from 10 am until 5 pm in the Jubilee Pavilion. Entry costs $10 for adults, $8 for pensioners, and children under 15 are free. Visit the website for more details.
If cool cars are more your thing, then you won't want to miss the Extreme Auto Expo on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am until 7.30 pm and Sunday, October 20 from 10 am until 6 pm. There will be customised cars and motorcycles, competitions and cruises. Entry costs $20 for adults and children under 13 are free. Visit the website for more details.
The SA Boat & Fishing & Adventure Show celebrates the great outdoors. See the latest and greatest in boats, kayaks, electronics, fishing, diving, jet skis, 4WD, camping and much more. It's on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 from 9 am until 6 pm and Sunday, October 27 from 9 am until 5 pm. Entry costs $16 for adults, $13 concession and children under 16 are free with an adult. Visit the SA Boat & Fishing Show and 4WD & Adventure Show websites for more details.
The Ridley Centre is the place to be for brides-to-be. The Spring Bridal Ideas Expo is on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from 10 am until 5 pm. For a $15 admission fee, be inspired by beautiful wedding ideas and start planning your big day. Visit the website for all the details.
Get your Christmas shopping started on Sunday, October 27 from 9 am until 1 pm at the Stirling Angas Pavilion. Mathilda's Market and Boutique Market have once again teamed up with a stylish and unique collection of baby and children's products and beautiful art and craft. The best bit, entry is free! Visit the Mathilda's Market and Boutique Market websites for more details.
For a pop culture fix, don't miss Supanova on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 from 10 am until 6 pm. See celebrities from television shows and movies like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Merlin, Firefly, The Walking Dead and American Dad. A day pass costs $30 when purchased at the gate, weekend passes are also available and discounts apply when pre-purchased from Foxtix. Visit the Supanova website for more details.
The Bowerbird Bazaar is Adelaide's ultimate design market. Browse over 100 stalls of beautiful products and participate in workshops and demonstrations. It's held in the Stirling Angas Pavilion on Friday, November 22 from 4 pm until 9 pm, Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 from 10 am until 5 pm. Entry only costs $2 and children are free. Visit the website for more details.
Bertie beetle is an Australian made chocolate marketed for kids. He was first made by the rowtree-hoadley company but I believe they have now been taken over by another company. He was a single chocolate with honeycomb bits wrapped in a brightly foiled wrapper with a beetle colours and a smiley face.