Enjoy a fun day out at the show

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The Gawler Show is the biggest country show in South Australia, attracting around 25,000 people each year.

Held over two days the show falls on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 this year. According to Mayor of Gawler, Karen Redman thousands of people will travel from across the state to attend, exhibit and enjoy what the 162nd Gawler Show has to offer.

“The community connection is evident in every corner of the Showgrounds as you wander around, taking in all the displays, activities and exhibitions.”

The show will feature plenty of entertainment for the whole family with food stalls, a more vibrant than ever exhibition hall, free activities for the kids, live music and much more. If you are bringing the kids along you can start the day with the treasure trail which is only $5 per child.

Collect a bag and map from the start marquee near Gate 4 and follow it to collect treasure along the way. Nixon’s Animal Adventures a Children’s University Learning Destination, is another fun and educational activity for the kids that is free.

Just some of the many other attractions include cooking demonstrations from former MasterChef contestant Callum Hann, working dog demonstrations, the new Australian miniature goats competition and the Young Farmers Challenge (YFC). Winners of the 2017 Gawler Show YFC took out the national championship, finishing 20 seconds ahead of New South Wales at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

They won the state title last year held at the Royal Adelaide Show which then gave them the opportunity of competing at the national level. There were 11 challenges including assembling a wheelbarrow, building a chicken coop and identifying cuts of meat.

The YFC will take place on Saturday before the fireworks so get together a team of four and enter via the website www.gawlershow.org.au

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The Gawler Rural Ambassador winner and Young Rural Ambassador winner will also be in attendance on both show days. These awards aim to highlight the importance of youth in rural/regional SA and in particular the agricultural show movement.

Gawler Show president Patricia Dent OAM said, “The youth are the future and it is wonderful to see the successful growth of our youth programs.”

“Our congratulations must go to Franke Agenbag for winning the Northern Agricultural Shows Association (NASA) Young Rural Ambassador and State Runner Up.”

“We are also very proud of Carly Cocks for coming runner-up NASA Rural Ambassador.”

Lyndon Cooper and his six kelpies will again take centre stage at this year’s show for the working dog demonstration. Lyndon, a cattle and sheep farmer from Kingston will conduct several demonstrations to entertain crowds over both days.

On show will be a range of sheep rounding techniques, showcasing how intelligent the dogs are and why they are such an integral part of farming life. There is still time to get you class creating with recycled materials and enter the Schools Scarecrow Competition open to all primary school and preschool groups.

Entries close Friday, August 24. You could win a $60 voucher towards a class party. Lauren De Cesare co-creator and one-half of the awesome Adelady ladies will be hosting the pre-fireworks entertainment.

All this plus much more will be on at the 162nd Gawler Show making it a must visit on your social calendar.

  • Gawlershow.org.au