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Victorian Country Shows 2014

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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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Whenever I think of country shows, images of prize-winning livestock adorned with colourful sashes, neatly-displayed rows of delicious cakes and home preserves, and noisy flamboyantly-coloured carnival rides loaded with squealing kids, are immediately conjured up in my mind. I spent several years of my childhood in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, and the colour and magic of show-time form some of my most-treasured early memories. While that was quite a few decades ago and I now live interstate, many kilometres away, whenever possible I still try to visit country shows in my local region as I feel that they embody a tradition that is truly Australian: rare indeed in today's fast-paced and flashy world.

There is so much to see and do at country shows
There is so much to see and do at country shows

While the Royal Melbourne Show has been one of Victoria's most popular community events for well over a century, the state also boasts dozens of smaller local events that capture the essence of the local areas in which they're held. From one-day events in tiny hamlets, so small that you'd miss them if you blink, to larger events held in regional centres, they're wholesome, down-to-earth community festivals that celebrate rural life, traditional Australian values and the talents of the people living in the region.

Prize-winning pigeon
Prize-winning pigeon

For city people, country shows are also great places to visit and experience traditional Australian country life. Providing all the fun of the larger city events, they're a fraction of the price and something that the whole family will enjoy. Unlike the noise and frenetic energy of the Royal Melbourne Show, country shows are much more laid-back and friendly, with an emphasis on the land and its bounty. Some of the highlights for me when I was a child were the chance to wander through the livestock pavilions and pet the farm animals, and to observe the sheep-shearing displays, wood-chopping competitions and competitive show-jumping. Despite the passing of the years, these events remain integral parts of most country shows, and something that city visitors, old and young, will be sure to enjoy.

Carnival rides are a big part of carnival fun.
Carnival rides are a big part of showtime fun

Due to Victoria's relatively small size, visiting a Victorian country doesn't have to involve a long and expensive drive, and some are held just an hour or two out of Melbourne. If you haven't a car, this also shouldn't be an obstacle as many places are well-connected with the city by public transport.

Following is a list of some of the country shows that will be held in Victoria over 2014. For more information, including confirmation of dates, take a look at the Victorian Agricultural Society website or call 03 5441 5555.

Saturday March 22: Natimuk Agricultural Show

Sunday March 23 - Monday March 24: Yarra Glen Agricultural Show

Thursday March 27 - Sunday March 30: Lardner Park Events

Saturday March 29: Bunyip & District Agricultural Show

Saturday March 29 - Sunday March 30: Wodonga Agricultural Show

Sunday March 30: Minyip Agricultural Show

Sunday April 13: Orbost Agricultural Show

Tuesday April 15: Victorian Pig Fair

Friday May 9 - Saturday May 10: East Gippsland Field Days

Friday July 18 - Monday July 21: Australian Sheep & Wool Show

Thursday July 31 - Friday August 1: Mallee Machinery Field Days

Monday August 4 - Tuesday August 5: Hamilton Sheepvention

Saturday August 23 - Sunday August 24: Wentworth Agricultural Show

Sunday September 7: Finley Show; Ringwood Horse & Pony Club Show

Saturday September 20 - Wednesday October 1: Royal Melbourne Show

Sunday September 21: Robinvale / Euston Agricultural Show

Tuesday September 30 - Wednesday October 1: Horsham Agricultural Show

Friday October 3: Murtoa Agricultural Show; Swan Hill & District Show; Yarrawonga & Border Agricultural Show

Saturday October 4: Goroke Agricultural Show; Nathalia Agricultural Show; Seymour Agricultural Show; St Arnaud Agricultural Show

Sunday October 5: Berrigan Agricultural Show
Monday October 6 - Tuesday October 7: Kerang & District Agricultural Show

Tuesday October 7 - Thursday October 9: Elmore & District Machinery Field Days

Wednesday October 8: Rupanyup Agricultural Show

Thursday October 9: Warracknabeal Agricultural Show

Friday October 10 - Saturday October 11: Donald Agricultural Show; Shepparton Agricultural Show; Wandin Silvan Field Days; Wangaratta Agricultural Show

Saturday October 11: Boort Agricultural Show; Camperdown Agricultural Show; Kaniva Agricultural Show; Sunbury Agricultural Show

Sunday October12: Corowa Agricultural Show

Tuesday October 14: Rainbow Agricultural Show

Thursday October 16 - Sunday October 19: Mildura Agricultural Show; Royal Geelong Show

Thursday October 17: Nhill Agricultural Show

Friday October 17 - Saturday October 18: Barham /Koondrook Agricultural Show; Benalla Agricultural Show

Saturday October 18: Charlton Agricultural Show; Dimboola Agricultural Show; Kyabram Agricultural Show

Saturday October 18 - Sunday October 19: Naracoorte Agricultural Show

Sunday October 19: Jeparit Agricultural Show; Lancefield Agricultural Show; Maldon Agricultural Show; Rutherglen Agricultural Show

Wednesday October 22: Numurkah Agricultural Show; Wycheproof Agricultural Show

Friday October 24 - Saturday October 25: Bendigo Agricultural Show, Maffra & District Agricultural Show; Mt Gambier Agricultural Show

Friday October 24 - Sunday October 26: Warrnambool Agricultural Show

Saturday October 25: Myrtleford & District Agricultural Show; Stawell Agricultural Show

Saturday October 25 - Sunday October 26: Cobram Agricultural Show; Euroa Agricultural Show

Sunday October 26: Ararat Agricultural Show; Croydon & District Agricultural Show

Friday October 31 - Saturday November 1: Castlemaine & District Agricultural Show

Friday October 31 - Sunday November 2: Colac & District Agricultural Show; Sale & District Agricultural Show

Saturday November 1: Dookie Agricultural Show; Port Fairy Agricultural Show

Saturday November 1 - Sunday November 2: Whittlesea Agricultural Show

Tuesday November 4: Heathcote Agricultural Show

Friday November 7 Sunday November 9: Ballarat Agricultural Show

Saturday November 8: Alexandra Agricultural Show; Coleraine Agricultural Show; Koroit Agricultural Show

Saturday November 8 - Sunday November 9: Bairnsdale Agricultural Show; Dandenong Agricultural Show

Saturday November 8 - Monday November 10: Echuca / Moama & District Agricultural Show

Friday November 14 - Saturday November 15: Kyneton Agricultural Show

Saturday November 15: Casterton Agricultural Show; Clunes & District Agricultural Show; Mansfield Agricultural Show; Noorat & District Agricultural Show; Omeo & District Agricultural Show
Saturday November 15 - Sunday November 16: Lilydale Agricultural Show

Sunday November 16: Beaufort Agricultural Show

Saturday November 22: Daylesford & District Agricultural Show; Edenhope Agricultural Show; Yarram Agricultural Show, Yea Agricultural Show

Friday November 28 - Saturday November 29: Traralgon & District Agricultural Show

Saturday November 29: Yulecart Agricultural Show

Sunday November 30: Kingston Agricultural Show

Saturday December 6: Dartmoor & District Agricultural Show; Kilmore Agricultural Show; Penshurst Agricultural Show

Saturday December 13: Maryborough District Agricultural Show
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Why? They're good old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
When: Throughout the year
Phone: 03 5441 5555
Where: All around Victoria.
Cost: It varies
Your Comment
Impressive amount of shows - and that's just the Victorian ones!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|370) 1960 days ago
love the country shows true to what the should be not over run with side shows like the Melbourne show is
Clem Pearce
by clem. (score: 0|2) 1759 days ago
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