April 7, 2015

It’s the biggest agricultural show in the Sydney area and going there is the perfect family day out. Soak up the traditional country show atmosphere and stick around until the end for a spectacular fireworks display to top it all off.

The program for this year’s Hawkesbury Show is bursting with traditional show favourites for young and old. “The rides and showbags are always popular with the kids,” says the show’s administration and business manager, Linda Beneke. “And the arts and crafts pavilion is the winner with the adults.”

This year organisers have a few new activities planned – like the Young Farmer’s Challenge, which will see showgoers competing in around-the-farm activities like stacking hay, reversing a trailer and collecting eggs.

If that seems a little too easy, why not try your hand at wife carrying? This popular Scandinavian competition involves men slinging their wives over their shoulders and racing through obstacles and over rugged terrain. The winner will be eligible to compete in the Australian Wife Carrying Competition at Muswellbrook Show – and if you really rise to the occasion and win that one, you’ll win a trip for two to Finland for the world championships.

Closer to home, there’s a lot of local talent to celebrate too. “Our stage area has some up-and-coming vocalists and bands from around the Hawkesbury area,” says Linda. “And we have an exhibition polo cross match on Friday afternoon with teams coming from our local pony clubs.”

There will also be an important ANZAC Day display, as the show falls on the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

With up to 50,000 people expected to attend over three days, this is an event that needs a lot of manpower. Linda says the best thing about the show is working with the team of volunteers. “They each have their own special section to put together. The show wouldn’t happen without them – it really is a community event.”

If you’d like to lend a hand, get in touch with the show at hdaa@hawkesburyshow.com.au.

The Hawkesbury Show is on 24–26 April at the Hawkesbury Showground. For more information, visit www.hawkesburyshow.com.au. Tickets (adults $24, children $12, family passes available) will not be available online this year, but you can pre-purchase them from the office at the showground or buy them on the day. Free parking is available in the university paddocks beside the showgrounds, or you can catch the train to Clarendon station – it’s just a five-minute walk to the gates.

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