Don’t miss the Rutherglen Show
The 130th annual Rutherglen Agricultural Show will have something for everyone on Sunday, October 21, with the Rutherglen Showgrounds again playing host.
The Rutherglen Show this year continues on a plethora of traditional events and activities and even has the addition of several fun events for individuals and groups who attend.
The show has always provided for the family by retaining traditions of the old agricultural country shows as well as introducing new features.
This year sees horse events, sheep, cattle, poultry, fleeces and farm produce competitions, as well as extensive competitions for home cooking, preserves, floral displays, arts and crafts and photography.
Take a stroll through the Livestock Pavilion and explore the colourful display of arts and crafts in the Henderson Pavilion, where you’ll admire the needlework and high standard photographic exhibition.
An extensive horse program is available with breed classes, led and ridden horse and pony events and fun ring for novice ponies and riders.
Through an initiative of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, the ‘Off The Track’ class this year has a fantastic additional prize of $150 and a trophy horse rug.
New in the horse program this year is the ‘Hero’ standard-bred horse class which has a $50 prize and sash.
The lamb program carries trophies and excellent prizes with the Andrew Campbell Memorial class for best retail trade class, Gordon Fisher Memorial trophy for best supermarket class and Norm Killeen Memorial trophy for export class.
Classes within the lamb program carry cash and prizes from the sponsors – McNamaras AGnVET and their suppliers, Paull and Schollard of Corowa, Stanton and Killeen and the Corowa Stock Agents Association.
The lamb whisperer novelty event in the sheep and lamb area for under 15-year-old competitors will be on again this year, just like the lamb in Mary Had a Little Lamb the Rutherglen Show is looking for young lamb whisperers.
Does your lamb or sheep follow you wherever you go? If so, take them to the Rutherglen Show and win the prize. Otherwise, try your luck with the lamb that are provide.
Win some cash in the ‘Quess the Weight’ of the lamb competition with great prizemoney available sponsored by James Baker of Springhurst.
The Rutherglen Show is continuing to introduce agricultural based events with another new event for the young competitors – sheep judging for rural youth – with prizemoney available.
This year sees the return of a cattle competition with junior cattle handling and judging classes and classes for Heifers. You can visit the fleece and crop and poultry competitions too.
If you have pet chooks at home, check out the backyard poultry classes in the poultry. Rivalea has provided great product for the show’s champions. A new competition in the poultry section this year, with prizemoney for the kids, is the poultry colouring competition. Kids – ask your school for a copy of the colouring template or download it from the website.
Other special events this year include:
Tug of war competition for senior, intermediate (high school age) and junior (primary school age) teams.
Dog jumping competition for small, medium and large dogs and a new fun section for handbag dogs.
Nail driving competition for ladies and this year for the guys also.
Hotly contested men’s cake and sauce competition in the pavilion for the lads to showcase their talents.
Trailer backing competition for women. Ferret racing with great prizemoney.
Visit the pavilion and see demonstrations of old crafts with hand spinning demonstrations showing how the fleece from the lambs is turned into hanks of wool for knitting and craft work.
The pavilion exhibit includes all those traditional country skills of cooking, home preserves, craft and handiwork as well as very popular photography and art sections. For the boys – the pavilion classes are open to both male and female exhibitors.
As well as pavilion winners in VAS classes being eligible for regional and state finals, the show now has some special awards in cookery and photography for the winners to compete for prizemoney at a regional level.
The Rutherglen Show has always catered for the young in the community with junior sections in many categories and all of the local schools support the show by encouraging student involvement. Regular features at the Rutherglen Show includes showgirl and tiny tots competitions, a petting zoo, clown, pet parade, ferret races, vintage machinery, heritage vehicles, motor bike display and an array of market stalls.
The show also has the Victorian Showman’s guild with a well presented sideshow alley and fun rides.
General public admission charges are as follows: Family (two adults and four children under 16) - $30. Adult - $15. Child (between five and 16 years) - $3. Child under five years – free.
For more information about the Rutherglen Agricultural Show, contact Show Secretary Di O’Dwyer on (02) 6032 8044 or email on [email protected]net.com.au.
You can find a copy of the show schedule by visiting this link: https://www.rutherglenwineshow.com.au/images/agshowforms/2018AgSh owScheduleFinal.pdf.
Rutherglen Show Secretary Di O’Dwyer is excited for this year’s show, which will again prominately feature horse, sheep and cattle competitions.
Don’t miss the fun at this year’s 130th Rutherglen Show.