Community & Business

18 April, 2024

Show on this week!

The Gilgandra Show Society seeks to make this event great value for the community.

By Dallas Reeves

The 2024 Gilgandra Show is shaping up to be another great community event.
The 2024 Gilgandra Show is shaping up to be another great community event.

Gilgandra Show Society has prepared a bumper card of attractions for the main spectator day of the 108th Gilgandra Show on this weekend at Gilgandra showground. The Berkley Supertank, Jurassic Jack, and the Outback Thunda Monster Truck and Jet Van are all headline attractions. The show will conclude with the Ahrens Fireworks Extravaganza. ‘Side Show Alley’ and rides, ring events, show jumping, cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, and cookery are some of the great attractions to see and do at this family-friendly event. And the price has remained at $15 if people pre-purchase through 123Tix.

The Gilgandra Show Society seeks to make this event great value for the community. Gilgandra Show Society secretary Iain Thurlow told The Gilgandra Weekly that the entry price gives so much to patrons from walking through the pavilions early on Saturday morning to staying and seeing the Ahrens Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday night. “For 15 dollars, you can spend 12 hours at the show and there is plenty to see and do for the whole time,” Mr. Thurlow said. “The Gilgandra Show is great value because once you’ve paid your entry fee, from the start to the fireworks there is more than enough to fill in your day. The Gilgandra Show historically has been an event where a lot of people come back for the show and catch up with people they haven’t seen for a long time. It’s all run by volunteers and every year we aim to stage a great local event.” Booking tickets ahead of time helps with queues on the day, with the cheaper price an incentive to book in earlier.

Lawn Mower Racing finals, a farmers’ challenge, the Beaut Ute Competition, and modified push bikes are also quite popular with Gilgandra Show Society vice-president and treasurer Rochelle Easman noting the public loves watching these events. “A crowd favorite, that is seeing competitors coming all the way from Sydney, is the lawn mower racing,” Ms. Easman said. “We look forward to providing you with a great community event, it is an opportunity to catch up with friends and family, display stock, wool, poultry, and horses, view the school displays and admire the creativity that is on display from our community. There are many fun things to do at the show.” Gilgandra Lions Club operates a licensed bar, while Koda Café will do the catering in the luncheon pavilion and Gilgandra CWA will have a kiosk in operation with food and drinks also.

However, the public needs to be aware the main attractions are on the Saturday. Ms. Easman gave the following summation. “The Friday involves the entries for the pavilions and judging,” she said. “The Saturday is the main day, where we have attractions, entertainment, side show alley, fireworks. The horse and ring events are run on the Saturday and the judging and showing of the livestock.” Friday is a day for set-up with pavilions open to receive entries. Saturday shapes up as a spectacular day with a range of attractions. Miniature horse ring events, show jumping, main horse ring events, cattle sheep and poultry judging, woodchop demonstrations, and modified pushbike competitions are all part of the morning. A tiny tots competition will also be held. At midday on the Saturday, the 2024 show will be officially opened and Gilgandra Show Young Woman Award winner will be announced.


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