It dates back 117 years and is bursting with tradition. Now it’s time to roll up for a much-loved annual event.
With showbags, sideshow alley, international horse whisperer Guy McLean and all the usual favourites, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is on again this weekend in Nambour.
The show runs from June 16 to 18, with People’s Day and a public holiday on the Friday for the former Maroochy Shire area.
And there is sure to be something for everyone.
Show manager Penny Walsh says the 117th annual show is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet, with a unique mix of tradition and new-age entertainment at great value for money.
“For more than 100 years, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show has given local people and local businesses a platform to showcase their products, their animals and their amazing skills to our community,” she says.
“That wonderful and important tradition, along with all the others people know and love, will be back at the Nambour Showgrounds in 2023.”
Ms Walsh says show-goers can experience high-octane V8 Supercars on the Saturday and Sunday, plus high-adrenaline motorbikes with Aussie FMX stunt riders.
There will also be the Ferris wheel, fairy floss, a petting zoo, cattle judging, show jumping, wood chopping and Dagwood dogs.
“This year’s show will also feature a Freedom of Entry march on Saturday, June 17, involving the Australian Air Force Cadets’ Nambour Squadron,” Ms Walsh says.
“Around 200 cadets will march to the main gate of the showgrounds where they’ll be addressed by the Mayor and Queensland Police, as they request Freedom of Entry into Nambour as part of their 80th birthday celebrations.”
Gate will be open from 9am to 10pm each day, with a fireworks display running on the Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, and 7pm on the Sunday.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sunshinecoastshow.com.au
There are several public transport and parking options, including a shuttle bus, for showgoers attending the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show.
While accessible parking is available, other on-site parking will be limited.
Public car parking will be available at MacKellar Mining Depot on National Park Road, opposite Ken Mills Toyota, for $5. Otherwise, the Crushers Rugby League Club car park will be open at 22 Crusher Park Drive, Nambour, for $10.
A free shuttle bus service will run from the Nambour Train Station to Nambour Showgrounds throughout the day until after the fireworks in the evening.
Sunshine Coast showjumpers are set to benefit from a recent million-dollar makeover of the region’s largest equestrian arena. The Moss Day Pavilion at Nambour Showgrounds has received a refurbished equestrian arena, with a new roof and structure over a first-class riding surface and new judges’ box. Sunshine Coast Council division 10 Councillor David Law says this is an exciting boost for the 14.5 hectare recreational, sporting and events facility.
What: Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show.
When: June 16 to 18, 9am to 10pm.
Where: Nambour Showgrounds.