Coonalpyn Show returns for 73rd year on Saturday, October 21

Last year's show
Last year's show

The Mallee Stump toss, the Discovery Trail and the Interactive Hall are all set to return for the 73rd annual Coonalpyn Show this Saturday, October 21.

Desert and Off Road Racing Champion Ivan Long, who was born and bred in Coonalpyn, will officially open the show at 1pm at the Coonalpyn Showgrounds. Ivan placed second at this year’s Finke Desert Race.

The Mallee Stump toss is back again and, this year, features great prize money up for grabs with proceeds from entries donated to the Variety Australia children’s charity.

School students will go head-to-head in a range of farm-based challenges, including fencing, putting out a fire and the iconic iced coffee sculling in the Landmark Schools Farming Challenge.

Their winnings will go towards their school’s agriculture departments.

New to this year’s show are the Stud Beef Cattle competition and Young Judges competition.

The Southern Association final Fruit Cake and Genoa Cake Semi Finals are set to draw competitors from a wide area vying for the chance to compete at the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show.

State and Federal Members will also battle it out in the new Politician’s Mud Cake Challenge, with open judging to be held at 2pm.

The pavilion will showcase a range of local produce and crafts with special classes celebrating the show’s theme of the ‘Up-cycled Turning Trash into Treasure’.

Other show favourites will include Horses in Action events on the oval, machinery displays, trade and food stalls, a vintage machinery display, and a free circus workshop will run throughout the day for kids.

The Discovery adventure trail will be back again and includes a free ride for kids at the end of the trail.

Music will be provided throughout the day by local artist Tanya Cornish.

Gates will open at 7.30am.

Admission is $10 per adult, children between 5-17 years are $5, pensioners with ID are $5 and children under 5 are free. Vehicle charge is $1.