April 29, 2014

Autumn in Vermont wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of the highlights of our local calendar – the Hawkesbury Show, which runs from May 9 to 11. It’s a great family day out and a way to enjoy the best of country living, right here at home.

“The Hawkesbury Show is the biggest agricultural show in the Sydney area,” says the show’s administration and business manager, Linda Beneke. “It has a traditional country show atmosphere, but it’s more accessible.”

According to Linda, the 9pm fireworks on Saturday night are a highlight every year, and other must-see events include the precision driving team and freestyle motocross at the grandstand, the show jumping, produce and craft displays, and the animal nursery.

Younger children love the chance to pat or feed lambs, calves, ducks, guinea pigs or rabbits. They can also meet Humphrey B Bear, watch sheepdog trials, or even enter the kids’ cooking competitions – they could win ribbons or even prize money for cupcakes and biscuits. Meanwhile, older kids (and the young at heart) can enjoy all the same carnival rides as the Royal Easter Show.

“We also have the same people entering our competitions as the Royal – the arts and crafts, wood chopping, and judging for produce, cattle, sheep and alpacas.”

Linda says her favourite event is the show jumping – which is no surprise, given her two children have been competing since a very young age. “We have kids as young as three enter the Pony Club display,” she says, “and the show jumping is always great to watch.”

With family tickets starting at just $45 for two adults and two children (single adult tickets are $22) it’s an affordable activity. There’s free parking in the university paddocks alongside the showground or it’s just a five minute walk from Clarendon station to the gates.

This year, for the first time, you can also buy your show tickets online and save even more time. Visit www.hawkesburyshow.com.au for full program details and tickets.

When you’re at the show with your family make sure you take heaps of photos and share on the Vermont Facebook page.

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