Bringing the country to the city and recognising excellence in primary production is what the Royal Adelaide Show is all about, and this year’s program certainly delivers.
From the feature breed events in the livestock sections, to the grain and fodder judging and presentation of the Rural Ambassador Award, which is celebrating 20 years in 2017, the Show is helping to educate metropolitan residents about the vital role that agriculture plays in our lives, and the South Australian economy. Be sure to visit the animal displays and judging, the Golden Grains Pavilion and Farm Expo, the Young Farmer Challenge, the Dairy Cattle sheds or the annual Sheep Sales to get a feel for life on the land.
The Show’s competitive sections continue to flourish, with the 2016 Show attracting a record 33,784 entries. Whether it’s Cookery, Cats, Photography, Art, Dogs, Beef Cattle, Grains, Vegetables or Flowers - there’s a competitive section at the Show that will interest you. Be sure to check out some judging - or take a look at the displays of ribbon-winning entries that are located throughout the Showground.
As part of our commitment to supporting South Australian agriculture and production, we’re delighted to announce that Golden North has become the official ice-cream supplier to the Show. Show-goers will find Golden North’s delicious creamy treats at pop-up vans throughout the Showground, along with milk from Fleurieu Milk Company, beer from Coopers and pastries by Vili’s - just to name a few of the South Australian producers that we work with. Golden North is also supporting entertainment at the Show, with our new outdoor entertainment stage now named after this iconic South Australian company.
The Show has a jam-packed program on offer, with something to suit all ages and tastes. Those with young children shouldn’t miss our mid-week Kids’ Entertainment Program which will feature pre-school superstars Peppa Pig, PAW Patrol and Emma and Lachy from The Wiggles. The musical spectaculars, staged in the Goyder Pavilion, have become a favourite with many show-goers, and this year’s production - Tinker, Tailor’s Magical Toy Shop - will be no different. Following the adventures of two young children as they explore a wondrous collection of toys, curiosities and games, this is a magical tale of make-believe.
In the Main Arena, we’ll welcome stuntman Ian Jamieson back to the Show after 30 years. Ian was a regular at the Show in the late 1970s and 1980s, renowned for his death-defying stunts which included being catapulted over trucks and cars. This year, the 65-year-old will perform his spectacular ‘Motor Cycle Tunnel of Fire’ stunt nightly on the Main Arena. Other Main Arena favourites, including the FMX Freestyle MotoCross team, the Team DMax Challenge and the V8 Utes will all be back, the latter welcoming our first two female drivers - Lisa Walker and Kelly Wong.
On behalf of the team at the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia, I look forward to seeing you at the Show.
RA&HS SA Inc