A report on this year’s show follows but first and foremost, thank you to all of our volunteers who put so much time and effort into the planning and preparation of this event, as well as those who work over the show weekend itself. There are just on 200 of us, with the committee and section conveners virtually working all year round with the exception of the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Also thank you to all of our sponsors and those who contribute “in-kind” support. We truly couldn’t do it without you.
It is such a pleasure to be able to report on another great show this year. Saturday saw superb weather, simply could not have asked for a better day and a great crowd in attendance. Sunday cooler with a little scattered drizzle at some stages but still a good day to visit the show and again the public did not let us down.
The Dog Show on Saturday was terrific with visitors able to walk onto the oval and around the rings to see the animals “up close” and speak to competitors about any breeds they may have been interested in.
The Horse Show on Sunday was magnificent with record entries especially in show jumping. The talent and power shown by these beautiful animals is amazing. The Hacks and Show Hunters were great to watch with animals groomed to perfection and riders looking equally impressive. Those youngsters in the encourage sections also put on a display they can be proud of as I’m sure their mums and dads were on the day.
The exhibits around the grounds were terrific. The newly revamped Basham Pavilion (home to most of our indoor exhibits) with the new white paintwork and display cabinets was a pleasure to visit with room for people to move around easily to view all items, the quality of which was of a very high standard. The newly named Michael Scott Pavilion was home to Art, Jnr Art and Woodwork and there were marvellous exhibits on view in each section. Once again the Photography on show in the Higgins Pavilion was captivating with I believe over 500 beautiful photos on show.
All outdoor exhibits were equally impressive with good numbers in beef cattle, sheep, and poultry, with the poultry judge even commenting on the high quality of the birds on show, and let’s not forget the amazing display of utes of all types and ages on the oval, with again a large number of entries. The scarecrow section also saw some quality exhibits.
The variety of goods for sale through the trade stalls on site was extensive be it food or goods, and the continuous entertainment around the grounds over both days was very entertaining.
The Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum which is housed in the Coote Pavilion was visited by many show patrons who enjoyed the displays of agricultural/farming history of the area and the new “Farm Shed” building housed a selection of tractors of truly historical significance, as well as other museum items.
I think the only way to describe this year’s show: “Indeed Something for Everyone!”
Gayle – Secretary, Southern Agricultural Society Inc.