Preparations are in full swing for the event of the year, the Murray Bridge Show

President Geoff Gail and secretary Helen Schultz of the Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society are excited for the show. Photo: Matt Welch.
President Geoff Gail and secretary Helen Schultz of the Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society are excited for the show. Photo: Matt Welch.

After a year off, the Murray Bridge Show is back on track.

Preparations are in full swing for the event of the year on the regions Agricultural and Horticultural Calendar, and what a show is in store.

Saturday, September 25 2021 is the day the Murray Bridge Showgrounds opens its doors and the fun begins.

Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society president, Geoff Gale said entries are flying in for the Pigeon Section.

"This section has been in recess for a couple of years", Mr Gale said.

"We are excited with the Poultry Section entries and we should see a fantastic turn out in the pigeon and Poultry Pavilion.

"We will welcome back exhibitors in the beef, dairy cattle and dairy goat section, but it is sensational to welcome the mini goats to our event for the first time."

Geoff was also very pleased to see the return of the sheep section.

The Murraylands School Sheep Challenge will give students all around the region a chance to compete in their own dedicated classes.

"It's a great opportunity for schools and students to use the wethers that didn't make the grade for the Adelaide Royal Show Wether Competition," Mr Gale said.

"It also gives students a chance to learn how to present their sheep for next year."

This year there will be a trial of new concept for shows.

There will be an autism friendly hour from 9-10am. The toning down of noise and lights across the entire showground is set to reduce stimulation for families with members who prefer quieter environments.

"This might be a chance for families to check out the pavilion, trade, machinery before it gets busy and then head over to the animal exhibits later in the day," Mr Gale said.

"We are also very excited to welcome Stuart and Meg Bartlett as convenors of the horse sections.

"They have pulled together an exciting line up of regular events and fun events on very short notice".

"The Pavilion is continuing to fill up with a fantastic line up of wool, cookery, photography, art, grain, fodder, jams, pickles, sauces, homebrew, fruit, vegetables, floriculture, needlework, machine and hand knitting along with crotchet and other craft.

Just reading the list takes my breath away, but we'll also have the Horsepower Revolution which we think will fill a gaping hole in our show.

"We have racing lawnmowers, the fantastic Ute Muster, motorbikes, speedway cars, Murray Bridge Auto Collectors cars from Murray Bridge Cars and the Coffee and cars from the Crusing Car Club of SA.

"It's a host of extreme horsepower toys and a display of classic, modern and prized prime movers, also with the Big Orange Heavy Vehicle Retrieval Team from the Truck Factory."

The grand parade has seen a few changes with a move to earlier in the day and will welcome back SA Skydive to perform a team skydive into the middle of the oval.

"We are also excited with negotiations with SA Showmans Guild to bring the old favourites and some newer attractions to the side shows and show ride area," Mr Gale said.

"Trade exhibits are rolling in and we are looking forward to a wide array of trade this year and we are thrilled to be hosting the State Championships for Young Judges for Merinos, Prime Sheep, Wool, Dairy Cattle, Poultry and the Young Ambassador and Rural Ambassador Competitions."

Showgoers will be entertained by the Murray Bridge Childrens Choir, Tyndale Christian School, Murray Bridge Community Concert Band, The Power of Dance, The Deadly Nanas and Barney Rebel.

"There will be plenty of food, fairy floss and showbags with activities for the kids to participate in," Gale said.

"We hope the region will enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you."

For more information head over to their Facebook page or www.murraybridgeshow.com.au.

You can drop over to the Showground Office for more information. Don't miss the Murray Bridge Show on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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