The Bushy Park Show is one of the oldest shows in Australia, having first been established in 1865 as a garden show it has evolved into an enjoyable, relaxing day out for the family.

The show features wood chopping and equestrian sporting events as well as traditional cattle and sheep showing competitions including handler events.

This year’s show has plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Sands Family Circus will again be putting on a performance and there will be great working demonstrations including the traditional arts of green wood furniture making, putting in a corner post assembly, blacksmithing, as well as heritage plants; and displays relating to honey and highland cattle to name a few.

Bruce Press will be there with his snake pit and there will also be plenty of young animals for children to see compliments of the Jordan River Learning Federation School Farm.

We have the traditional cattle & sheep judging and handling competition, a full Equestrian program, mini- horse competition and for the first time Alpaca Fleece Judging. Marie Bean, local author “The Lazy Runner” will talk about her approach to running and fitness.

Our Valley Taste section will feature Mavis Beattie demonstrating a very old recipe, the traditional hop and potato bread.

There will also be a butter making demo and 2 micro brewers on site, both of whom use hops from the local farm. And with the hops just about to be harvested, why not take a trip on the Lions Club Train which will depart all day from the Showground doing a short trip through the spectacular hopfields to the Text Kiln and return, all for a gold coin donation.

The wood-chopping competition is always popular, enjoy the Goodfellas – our live band from midday, and enjoy a drink in the bar.

There will also be various stalls, including food and beverages; while our traditional competitions of Jams, Preserves & Home Brewing; along with homecrafts will be on again; and specifically for the little ones we will have Iian Lang putting on his puppet shows a couple of times during the day.

In the afternoon, enjoy the potato peeling competition in our “pollie peel-off” as some local politicians compete against each other to peel the most spuds in the fastest time under the scrutiny of our judge from the CWA. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

This is just a sample of what will be on offer, further times, details closer to the Show… Come along….lots to see! …lots for free!

Bushy Park Show located at the Showground, Gordon River Road, beside the Styx River at Bushy Park.

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