Fun for all at Mannum Agricultural Show

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From the shearing competition to the scrumptious cooking sections, there is sure to be something for everyone at the 96th Mannum Agriculture Show this weekend.

Organised by the Mannum Agricultural Society, the “best little country show” is held every year on the first Saturday of March.

This year the event is expected to draw a big crowd and will have a huge line of entertainment and activities on offer.

Events include the popular ute muster and 4WD competition and one-man circus show, Circus Elements.

The annual carp throwing competition is back again for 2019 and is sure to be a hit with show-goers. Favourites including the show person quest, horses in action, sideshows, show bags, and face painting are also returning.

Magician Rich Tieger will perform three shows during the day and the Xtreme Trials Show will show off their daring motorbike stunts.

Wildwood Park Sanctuary is visiting with some furry friends and there will be plenty of free activities for kids including a giant sandpit and games in the Whites Rural Country family fun trailer.

A new attraction this year is a virtual reality farming experience. Held in the Mannum Football Club rooms, the game will allow show-goers to try their hand at everything from driving a tractor to working on a dairy farm. 

Mannum Show secretary Sharon Stewart said there is also a huge range of sections to enter and she encouraged everyone to get involved.

“Our most popular sections are art and photography,” she said.

“Our agricultural sections including beef cattle, wool and sheep are still a highlight of our show for city kids.

"We have a strong horse section with two rings of hacks, a harness ring, buckskins, and also a local encourage ring being trialled this year."

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Throughout the day there will also be music by Ian “Polly” Politis and Rohan Powell on the main stage.

Other attractions include the Murraylands Turners (Wood Turning Display), steam engine displays, a V8 simulator and the sheaf tossing competition.

To enter a section or become a member of the show, you can pick up a show book at Lovells Bakery, Mannum Post Office or Mannum Newsagency.

Forms are also available online or at the show office, which will be open from Monday, February 26 through to showday from 9.30am to 5pm.

The Mannum Agricultural Show will be held at the Mannum showgrounds, on North Terrace. Gates will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Admission fees are $8 for an adult ticket, $2 for children, and $4 for pensioners. 

Family passes are available for $15 if you become a show member prior to showday.

For more information visit the show website, www.mannumshow.org.