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After the disappointment of 2016 with the show cancelled due to flooding of the grounds, the committee and conveners are working hard to ensure this year is a “Beauty”.
Keep checking the site as we’ll be updating events and entertainment over the next couple of months.

2015 Show

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.

Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum News

“Legendairy” National Competition
Congratulations to the SFH Museum for being a finalist in the National competition and winning Port Elliot the title of “Legendairy Capital of South Australia”.
The SFH Museum’s plan to build a permanent dairy exhibit won the town the title. Deane Perry (Museum President) told the Stock Journal “For people who come off the farm in retirement it gives them a sense of purpose and a sense their skills can be recognised in an appropriate manner”. We should applaud our members efforts in raising the focus of Port Elliot and its over 120 year connection with the dairy industry. Dairy Australia has visited Port Elliot and the Museum and a National Winner will be announced in due course.

Woodwork/Jnr Art/Literary Sections:

The delivery point for Junior Art and Woodwork will be the Michael Scott Pavilion (directly opposite Basham’s Pavilion) on Friday 7th October 2016 between 8.30am and 11.30am.

The Literary section has been Deferred until 2017.

SCSA Annual Dinner

The annual dinner of the Southern Country Shows Association, of which Port Elliot Show is a member, was recently held at Murray Bridge RSL Club.  With around 70 guests in attendance it was a great night, and as well as a great meal, the judging of the Laucke Mills Scone Competition, the Young Rural Ambassador and Rural Ambassador awards, added anticipation to the evening.

The scone competition was judged by Janet King who is the President of the Country Shows Association and was won by Shirley Wilhelm representing Murray Bridge Show, with our very own Anita Mignanelli taking out second place (congratulations Anita).  Third place was won by Maureen Pridham who represented Coonalpyn Show .

Janet King, Rosie Schulz and Brooke Harvie (the 2014 State Rural Ambassador) judged the SCSA Rural Ambassador sections, with the Young Rural Ambassador title won by Hayley Lewis of Strathalbyn Show with Caitlin Marshall from Murray Bridge, Runner-Up.

Dusty Jones also representing Strathalbyn Show won the Rural Ambassador title.  Congratulations to Hayley and Dusty and the other entrants, who were all very worthy of their place in the finals and good luck to Hayley and Dusty in the next few months with state judging coming up.

An Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Jan White who has a long and impressive history of involvement at agricultural shows.

A very enjoyable and entertaining evening once again.

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Farewell to our Wonderful Caretaker

Bruce our wonderful Caretaker of the show grounds has officially retired from this position.  After approximately 9 years of involvement with the Southern Agricultural Society Inc. and hence Port Elliot Show itself, he is intending to head off on travels very soon.  He advises that he’s heading up North to Cairns, but we will be seeing him again on his eventual return to Port Elliot.  A wonderful supporter of the society and a great asset to the group of volunteers working for the society, he will be greatly missed.  On show days the care he took mowing and looking after the oval and surrounds was clearly demonstrated with so many nice comments being made by visitors and locals alike on how good the grounds looked.

A Farewell/Thank You dinner was held at McCraken Country Club and a great time was had by all.  Bruce, safe travel and enjoy the trip! DSCF5583 DSCF5586 DSCF5587 DSCF5592 DSCF5598 DSCF5599 DSCF5601 DSCF5608 DSCF5613 DSCF5618 DSCF5619 DSCF5623 DSCF5624 DSCF5627



Port Elliot Show is currently ranked 6th largest in SA and as you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for an agricultural show that last year was attended over the two days by just under 9,000 people.   We are looking for volunteers to help in all manner of ways, in a multitude of activities. For example; with our All Breeds Dog Show that is held on Saturday, we are again anticipating approximately seven rings in action throughout the day and need help on the Friday before the show to set up the rings, small marquees, tables and chairs etc.  During the dog show itself we need people to assist in the smooth running of the show.  More details about this will follow.

After the show on the Saturday afternoon the whole set-up has to be dismantled and the rings prepared for the horses in action held on Sunday.  This includes roping off areas, setting up the jumps for our wonderful Show Jumping, the Show Horse events, which like the show jumping are qualification events for the Royal Adelaide, and the Novice Sections.  As well we will be looking for many hands to assist on the Sunday with the horses, stewarding, being on the field helping to re-erect jumps if knocked down etc. Again more details will follow. After the horse show finishes on the Sunday afternoon, again dismantling of all equipment takes place with everything being packed away.

Of major importance, albeit sounding very drab, we are looking for people who would be willing to direct traffic on and around the show grounds.  Even though we have our gate people in attendance, we have found for example, if a dog/horse float lines up at the incorrect gate to enter the grounds, by the time it reaches the gate itself, because of the amount of traffic in the area, the vehicle cannot reverse out of the line and go to the correct gate.  This impacts very negatively on the traffic flow within the show grounds with these vehicles impeding the general flow of traffic and indeed in some instances causing hold-ups that take some time to clear.  If we had a couple of people working with the gate people who could direct vehicles to the correct gates while they are lined up prior to them actually reaching the entry gates, the smooth flow of traffic on the grounds would be increased dramatically.   This activity happens mainly first thing of a morning.

There are many other ways in which volunteers are needed so if you are interested, please keep an eye on this website as we will be posting more specific details about help we require in the next couple of months. If you are already interested please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gayle – Secretary / Ph: 8552 9328 or E: