100th show will be big

Family fun: Janice, Josh and Ethan Porker enjoy the 2017 Murray Bridge Show. Photo: File.
Family fun: Janice, Josh and Ethan Porker enjoy the 2017 Murray Bridge Show. Photo: File.

The 100th Murray Bridge Show will be open from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.

Visitors will be able to park outside the showground or take a free shuttle bus from Murray Bridge Marketplace, Murray Bridge Green, IGA Swanport or IGA Fresh Westside.

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Hieu Van Le, will officially open proceedings at midday on Saturday.

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Entertainment available over the weekend will include a fireworks show at 8.30 on Saturday night; displays by Spanish horses and the monster truck Busta; performances from Adelaide party band Mr Buzzy, the Murray Bridge Community Concert Band and a pipes and drums; cooking demonstrations by Four Ingredients Cookbook author Kim McCosker; and a presentation by Gardening Australia's Sophie Thompson.

For the kids, there will be free face painting, the Bunyip Trail, Wobbles the clown, circus performers and animal encounters, plus all the usual games, sideshows, showbags and rides one might expect.

There will be mounted games, nine-hole golfing, speed shearing, a ute muster and simulator racing.

Plus, at the heart of it all, will be the agricultural and horticultural displays themselves: horses, cattle, sheep and poultry, grain, wool, produce, flowers, wood chopping, sheaf tossing, cooking and crafts, art and school displays.

The only thing needed now, show society president Anna Scheepers said, was a large crowd to come and see it all.

"This year we've gone to extra lengths to make it an extra special show," she said.

"We've had bumper entries this year, and it'd be lovely if people could come and support the people who've entered some amazing stuff."

The show's major sponsor, for this and the next two years, will be the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) SA.

The program allows Mobilong Prison inmates to care for ex-racing dogs to help them transition into domestic life.

Greyhound Racing SA is in the final stages of constructing a new racetrack adjacent to the showground.

However, for biosecurity reasons, Ms Scheepers encouraged dog owners to leave their pets at home, and to make sure they would be safe and secure while the fireworks were on.

She thanked GAP SA and all the other sponsors who had contributed to the success of the 100th show.

  • Admission: $10 adults, $8 concession, $5 children aged 5-14, $25 per family.