STRATHALBYN SHOW CELEBRATES
The Strathalbyn Agricultural Show is an annual event held on the Public Holiday long weekend in October, 5th October 2020, showcasing our equestrian horses-in-action event with hacks, ponies, galloways & hunters and all the show sections will be on display and many exhibitions of local farming produce, livestock (dairy & beef cattle, alpacas, sheep, dairy goats) plus all the indoor exhibitions in the barn. With hundreds of exhibitors each year, the show can attract large numbers over the event days.
The Strathalbyn Agricultural Society celebrates the 150th Show on their anniversary Monday 5th October 2020 at the new larger venue at 34 Milnes Road in Strathalbyn. We are sharing some of its history and timeline of the Show Society over these decades from the beginning.
The Society runs the local shows which began in 1855 behind the Robin Hood Hotel, and later used land between the old Mill store for their interior displays until 1909. Over the years the show has been held in many places and on show day the Hall exhibits along with the livestock and horse events were held in separate venues.
The oval grounds which the Show Society hire annually, were given by Richard Carruthers in 1910, and the oval was formed after a creek was diverted. The grounds are shared today by the football, cricket, tennis, softball and netball clubs and extensively used throughout the year by other events such as the sheep dog trials, swap meets, markets, the antique fair and vintage/classic car rallies and many more
It is fitting that 120 years after Lord Tennyson as Governor, opened the show in 1900, we are honoured in 2020 to have his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia to open the anniversary show in October 2020.
Our official guests attending are our Patrons Mr Graham Wohling & Mrs Marlene Megaw, our Vice Patrons Rebekha Sharkie Federal Member for Mayo and Josh Teague Member for Heysen and the Mayor Alexandrina Council, Mr Keith Parkes.
During both World Wars (WWI 1914-1919 & WWII 1939-1945) shows were not held during these years as many men were absent at war, hence the celebrations for 150 shows in 2020. During WWII the Show Hall was used as a convalescent camp for soldiers returning from the war zones. The oval was used for the army stores and the Volunteer Defence Force headquarters and over 1,000 men who were in town for 3 months apart from home leave.
Despite the obstacles of 3 bad weather years experienced in (2014-2016) with very low numbers, the Society volunteer committee are planning for a bumper 150th Anniversary Show with a commemorative show book, anniversary dinner on Saturday 22nd August 2020 in the historic Show Hall and the Committee are looking to provide our members with medallions and certificates for the exhibitors.