GLOUCESTER celebrates its 100th show this Friday and Saturday.
From humble beginnings, the show grew to become the social event of the year drawing crowds from near and far as a platform for what the region has to offer.
The first show was held at the ‘Homestead’ in 1908 and, while the centenary was celebrated in 2008, cancellations through war and various weather events meant Gloucester was still six years away from celebrating its actual 100th show.
The first show held at the current showground was in 1910.
The site was purchased for 225 pounds and the land continues to be owned and maintained by the Gloucester AH and P (Agricultural Horticultural and Pastoral) Society to this day.
It remains one of the few privately owned showgrounds in the country.
To celebrate the 100th show, organisers have scheduled several events to commemorate the historic occasion.
All judging, other than the cut flower and floral arrangements, will be completed on Thursday.
An interesting program of activities for school students will take place from 10am on Friday.
Students will be given a taste of show time both old and new.
The junior beef judging and parading will be a highlight.
Junior showgirl judging will take place later in the afternoon.
The ring will be busy on both days with a large number of campdraft entries on Friday.
Judging of horse and ring classes will take place on both days along with pony club musical rides and sporting events.
On Saturday, the poultry, beef and dairy cattle start early.
‘Gloucester Has Talent’ will entertain patrons throughout the day, with winning poetry read by Gabby Colquhoun.
The knitters have been sharpening their needles in preparation for the speed knitting competition.
Working dog trials, a novelty dog show, boot fashion parade and boot chuck, country challenge and hot chainsaws will all be held in the ring though the day.
Special entertainment will be provided by the Whiparoos and crowd favourites FMX Kaos motocross team before the demolition derby, fireworks and a performance by the Bowden Brothers brings the 100th show to a close.
An undated photo of Gloucester Show officials.
Motocross riding at the 2008 Gloucester Show.
Raymond Blanch doing a quad bike demonstration at the 2008 Gloucester Show.
Gloucester show girl Karra Daley arrived at the 2009 show in a RFS truck.
Heather Burley presents Paul Relf of Warrigal Limousin Stud, Wherrol Flat, with the supreme beef exhibit trophy won by Kippax Valley Starlight at the 2008 Gloucester Show.
Trish Gunning presents Rodney Green with the supreme dairy ribbon for Siesta Mals Coral 2, from Siesta Jersey Stud at the 2008 Gloucester Show.
A ute at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Entries in the ute muster at the 2007 Gloucester Show.
Wayne Murray competing in the campdraft at the 2010 Gloucester Show.
The woodchop at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Beef exhibits at the 1927 Gloucester Show.
An undated photo of Doreen Arrowsmith and Pat Campbell at the Gloucester Show.
A rodeo at the Gloucester Showground in the early 1950s.
Show day at Gloucester in the early 1950s.
An undated photo of the Gloucester Showground.
An undated photo of the Gloucester Showground.
The early years of the Gloucester Show.
Original show committee members in 1908.
Jim Barbour's draught horses at Gloucester Show in the 1930s.
Cody Leayr and Jason Murray at the 2011 Gloucester Show.
Danyon Wilkinson, Tegan Marie and Mikayla Donkin at the 2011 Gloucester Show.
Jessica Kernahan at the 2011 Gloucester Show.
Kate Forbes with her champion dairy entry at the 2011 Gloucester Show.
Speed knitting champions from the 2011 Gloucester Show Ruth Lauster and Laura Bignell.
Tim Wilson with his champion entry at 2011 Gloucester Show.
An undated picture of a man and horse at Gloucester Show. The horse may have been called 'The Major'.
An undated photo of long serving councillor Les Farley at a rodeo held at Gloucester Showground.
Gloucester Show in the early 1930s.
A view of the main ring taken from the hill at the 1950 Gloucester Show.
Art judge Ron Hindmarsh and show president James Hooke at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Adam Forbes at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Rodney Green with 2009 Gloucester Show Supreme champion dairy cow Siesta Goldglow Dulcie.
Floral art judges Mary Sweeney and Margaret Higgins at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Paralympian Heath Francis with Selwin Weller, parading the 2009 Gloucester Show Supreme Champion Beef Exhibit and Supreme Champion Bull Blanco Granada Mr Africa.
Amber Franks, Jessica Anniwell and Emily Davey at the 2012 Gloucester Show.
The 2007 Gloucester Show Grand Parade.
An undated picture of John Mathewson riding 'Blue Bell' and Fred Reichert riding 'Snowdrop' at the Gloucester Show.
An undated photo of Jeanette Carter, Fred Reichert, John Mathewson and Don Gooch at the Gloucester Show.
An undated picture of the Gloucester Show Grand Parade.
An undated picture of Leo and Marie Carter at the Gloucester Show.
An undated picture of children watching the Grand Parade at the Gloucester Show.
Betty and Glad Carter ready for the 1945 Gloucester Show.
Jeanette Carter, 2, riding 'Joe' with Archie White at the Gloucester Show. Circa 1940s.
John Mathewson and Jeanette Carter at the 1951 Gloucester Show.
An undated photo of Jeanette Carter riding 'Fea' and Fred Reichert riding 'Cuddles' at the Gloucester Show.
Cael and Bodhi Hickman emerge from the haunted house at the 2009 Gloucester Show.
Jessica Relf leading a calf at the 2007 Gloucester Show.
Jodie Harris at the 2010 Gloucester Show.
Gloucester Showgirl Samantha Ratley and Thomas Relf at the 2010 Gloucester Show.
Katie Morris at the 2010 Gloucester Show.
Katrina Higgins participating in the junior paraders competition at the
2008 Gloucester Show.
Kyran Laurie competing in the woodchop at the 2007 Gloucester Show.
Michael Kellet competing in the woodchop at the 2007 Gloucester Show.
Vivian and Mick Allan get in the spirit of the centenary Gloucester Show in 2008.