Gloucester Show 2019 is almost here

Junior showgirl competitors from 2018: Charlotte Marchant, Heidi Brenton and Jessica Marchant.
Junior showgirl competitors from 2018: Charlotte Marchant, Heidi Brenton and Jessica Marchant.

An agricultural show is an important part of cultural life for any Australian country town, and Gloucester is no exception.

Not only is it a chance to showcase the amazing livestock and produce a region has to offer, but it's a chance for a community to come together for two days full of family friendly fun.

On Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6, the Gloucester Showground will come alive with the 105th Gloucester Show, and everyone is invited.

For many members of the community, the Gloucester Show is one of the biggest events of the year, with lots of children saving their pocket money to spend on amusement rides and showbags.

This year, when the gates kick open on Friday morning the showgrounds are set to be a flurry of activity with the junior beef cattle judging and the Australian Stock Horse events taking place throughout the day.

For the first time since the show's 100th anniversary, the local primary schools have been invited to come along for a private tour of the show events.

They're visit will be a hive of activity as they explore the wonderful world of nature's pollinators at the bee display, with demonstrations taking place around the 'beezebo'.

Winner from 2018: Roslyn McIntyre Overall Champion sec 17 Handcraft.

Winner from 2018: Roslyn McIntyre Overall Champion sec 17 Handcraft.

The students will get up close and personal with a few snakes and lizards at the reptile display, and maybe get a chance to pat one of the cold blood animals. But if they prefer the warm blooded type, they will get their fill at the animal nursery where they can maybe pat a lamb.

There will also be time for the students to watch the cattle judging in the beef pavilion, the horse events in the show ring and check out who won prizes in the pavilions. 

"It's all about trying to encourage the younger generation to get involved in the show," chief pavilion steward, Morna Wilson said. 

Something that seems to work, as the show has a large number of entries in the junior sections of the pavilion competitions. Whether it be cooking or growing produce, creating handicraft or works of art, every category has a junior section.

Taking part in the grand parade is a way to showcase the winners from the show's events.

Taking part in the grand parade is a way to showcase the winners from the show's events.

Saturday's program is set to be even fuller with a long list of judging activities taking place in the show ring with the horse events, including a bit of showjumping, in both the beef and dairy pavilions with the cattle events and the Junior Showgirl competition.

The grand parade will kick off at 2.30pm, followed by the show's main attraction the Aussie FMX show. The afternoon's entertainment will also include the ever-popular demolition derby, fireworks and Gloucester musician, Brendan Harvey playing long into the night. For more information about the show, or ticket prices, visit www.gloucestershow.org.au/