The magicians are placing rabbits in the hats, the dogs are barking and the motorcyclists are perfecting their amazing new feats. Even the clown pictured right is laughing. It must be time for the Port Elliot Show on October 11-12.
But beyond all of the spectacular events, side shows and the colour and glamour that the show presents, it is once again a fabulous reminder of our history. The fact this is the 137th Port Elliot Show, proudly put together by volunteers representing the Southern Agricultural Society Inc., is an astonishing effort.
Regrettably, some country shows have faded over the years, but our Port Elliot feature event is regarded by many as one of the best agricultural society shows outside of the Royal Adelaide Show and this year’s two-day event will be even better.
It is being promoted by the Society as a wonderful family and friends event featuring anything “from magicians with magic tricks to funny clowns, cuddly animals and slimy reptiles… great live music, dancing, demonstrations, show rides, and pavilions and trade sites filled with all sorts of goodies to keep all ages entertained all day long”.
There will three magic shows both days featuring Steve Presto and a special appearance of Wobbles the clown appearing on the Sunday, while the highly entertaining – and clever – Whip Motorcyles team will give us some thrills on the Sunday with their “breathtaking motor bike stunts”.
The Society’s media release also spoke of the local and talented acts including breakdancers Suspended Styles and Fortuna Dance with its variety of dance styles, plus the Encounter Lutheran College choir and other great live music from favourites including the Goolwa Concert & Victor Harbor City bands, Tarnicky Rock, One Eyed Kats, and guest musicians.
There is the All Breeds Championship Dog Show, and Middleton dog obedience demonstrations, while the animal farm and native reptiles will keep the children busy. Then we have horses in action, and antique machinery and cars on display.
But again, what the Society’s media release didn’t mention was its own achievements over 137 years and the incredible commitment to the community by the volunteers to bring us the October 11-12 show. That itself is a hard act to follow for the magicians and the clowns, yet they will provide us with some outstanding entertainment.
Let’s support our local show, and look for one of these amazing volunteers and say “thanks” starting with Southern Agricultural Society president Steve Rogers, vice-presidents Patsy Greer and Sue Thomas, secretary Gayle Garrett and other equally hard-working committee members Rosie and Doug Giles, Nola Schulz, Jacqueline Stam, Jim Harding, Michael Scott, Bruce Clayson, Deane Perry, Kate Overall, and Corey Dodd.
It’s show time at Yankalilla too
Yankalilla is also set for another huge show on Saturday, October 4 – the long weekend.
And some of the most feverish action will be in the lead-up with the show hosting state competitions for scones, rich fruit cake and genoa cakes.
And like the Port Elliot Show, this extremely popular event, which comes under the umbrella of the Yankalilla, Rapid Bay and Myponga Show at the Yankalilla Showgrounds on the main South Road, it is a reflection of the dedication of some outstanding volunteers.
Among the attractions at this year’s Yankalilla Show will be horses in action – hacks, harness and showjumping – whipcracking demonstrations, stunt bike riding demonstrations and a shearing demonstration, plus, of course all the show specials like sideshows and rides, handcraft displays, art and produce. And who could forget the $50 prize offered in the tea cosy competition.