6 January 2023

An abundance of rural shows will be held on the South Coast this summer

| Albert McKnight
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The Pambula Show returns this month. Photo: Pambula Show, Facebook.

A total of five agricultural shows will be held in our stunning South Coast region this summer.

We’ve previewed each of them below, so add the dates to your calendar then grab the kids and head along for some good old family fun and entertainment!

Pambula Show, 7 January

This year is the first time the Pambula Show will be held since the 2019-2020 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“It’s been a bit of an ordeal really, because we’re out of practice!” pavilion steward Kerryann Fitzpatrick said.

“But everybody is enthusiastic to get the show going again.”

There’s plenty of fun activities planned, including duck racing, a mechanical bull, face painting, music in the afternoon and a dog jumping competition.

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In the pavilion, there will be a market with local artists showing off their “beautiful works”, Ms Fitzpatrick said, as well as a spinning display between 10 am and noon.

The show is at the Pambula Sporting Complex on Pambula Beach Road, Pambula, with gates from 8 am for the horse events and 9 am for the general public.

Visit its website for more information.

Dog high jumping at the Candelo Show. Photo: Supplied.

Candelo Show, 15 January

The agricultural element isn’t the only one in the Candelo Show, which has a strong focus on entertainment.

“It’s your typical show, but as the years have gone on we’ve leaned more and more to the entertainment side,” show society secretary Gerry Gill said.

There are still agricultural pursuits like beef and dairy contests, horse competitions, a poultry shed and an exhibition pavilion.

But there will also be activities like face painting, spray-on tattoos, a jumping castle, a dog jumping competition and a ‘Bush Kids Challenge’ featuring games like tug-o-war for the younger generation.

“We try and go back to what the traditional children’s entertainment was,” Mr Gill said.

The show is at the Candelo Showgrounds on the Bega-Candelo Road, with ring events from 8 am and gates to the general public from 10 am.

Visit its website for more information.

Young motorbike riders line up at the Eurobodalla Show. Photo: Eurobodalla Agricultural Show, Facebook.

Eurobodalla Show, 21-22 January

The mighty Eurobodalla Show is back on this year, at full strength for the first time since the Black Summer bushfires.

Show society treasurer Lindsay Boyton said that when the bushfires hit the area in 2019-2020 “we were an evacuation centre so we couldn’t hold it, the fires were on our back doorstep”.

Mr Boyton said for the first time, this year’s show will have lawnmower races, to be held on the Sunday afternoon along with motorbike races.

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Beekeepers will have a display, horse competitions are across the weekend, an animal nursey will be held on the Saturday and the poultry judging on the Sunday.

If children get a ticket stamped at six locations at the show, not only will they get the chance to win prizes from Mogo Zoo, they will also be able to use that pass for a free visit to the zoo.

The show is from 9 am at Moruya Showground. Entry is free on the Saturday.

Visit its website for more information.

The rodeo is a popular event at the Cobargo Show. Photo: Cobargo Show.

Cobargo Show, 10-12 February

The popular Cobargo Show is going to be jam-packed with entertainment this year, including its rodeo which is “always massive”, the show society’s vice-president June Tarlinton said.

“We have a whole new group of people in Cobargo since the fires three years ago and they are all getting very interested in the showing of local produce,” she said.

There will be beef cattle judging, a stock horse challenge demonstration, a working horse competition as well as the “super, super popular” campdraft, she said.

The Saturday will have events like a dog high jump, lawn mower races, chainsaw events, the rodeo as well as other ring entertainment.

The afternoon will also have a Fashions on the Show competition, so dress in your best if you want to enter the categories of best dressed couple, lady or gentleman.

The show is at the Cobargo Showground on the corner of Avernus Street and Cobargo-Bermagui Road, Cobargo.

Visit its website for more information.

The Bega Show’s demolition derby always brings in a large crowd. Photo: Bega Show, Facebook.

Bega Show, 17-19 February

Aside from the major drawcard of the demolition derby on the Sunday night, flowers will also be big at this year’s Bega Show.

It is hosting the 2023 NSW State Dahlia Championships so there will be plenty of flowers, show society president Barb Rogers said, and she hoped it would draw a large crowd from places like Canberra to compete.

When it comes to entertainment there will be freestyle aerial bikes as well as trials bikes, conducting acts like jumping onto boxes.

The Friday will have a ‘Taste and Talent’ night featuring food vans and music, then the Saturday will have a slow cooking competition with big prizes, while fireworks will be let off that night.

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The show was held last year, but Ms Rogers said as there was still COVID-19 around people were hesitant to come out, so pavilion entries were half of what they usually were.

She hoped to be back to normal this year and said the pavilion normally attracted 3000 entries.

The show is at the Bega Showgrounds on 1 Upper Street, Bega.

Visit its website for more information.

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