PORT ELLIOT – The 139th Port Elliot Show saw records broken in attendance figures, indoor and outdoor exhibits and the school's promotional competition, while trade and community service groups reported good crowd interest at their sites.
In ideal weather conditions, almost 10,000 visitors flocked to the two-day event that was held at Port Elliot Showgrounds.
President of the Southern Fleurieu Agricultural Show Society Steven Rogers welcomed guests including Senator Anne Ruston, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, local parliamentary members and local mayors and councillors.
“We are delighted with the overall results and hail it as a very successful community event that was enjoyed by locals as well as visitors from far and wide,” Mr Rogers said.
“I would like to thank the Port Elliot Show management team for their hard work, tireless efforts and dedication in staging the event. It is so important to keep the tradition of rural shows going. It's pleasing to see record entries in so many categories and this indicates the strong interest from the community.”
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick performed the official opening of the show, which followed Leonie McCallum's traditional Ngarrindjeri 'Welcome to Country' and Kim Clay's rendition of the National Anthem.
At the opening ceremony, awards were given to various members of the Board for their commitment and dedication to the Port Elliot show.
After the official opening, invited guests enjoyed a luncheon catered by the local Riding for the Disabled organisation.
On the Saturday and Sunday families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere and long-awaited burst of springtime, while show goers also took advantage of the exciting entertainment program and horse events.
There was something for everyone as hundreds headed for the main arena for the popular dog and horse events as well as the ute muster and Epic Darren Motorcycle comedy stuntman.
Meanwhile under the big top, continuous entertainment right throughout the weekend kept both adults and children amused with performances by live bands, dancing groups, singers, Wobbles the clown and Humphrey B Bear.
With plenty of seating right around the grounds, families had the opportunity to rest their feet while they enjoyed some of the food and drinks on offer and watch the main arena events.
The Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum attracted record crowds right throughout the weekend and with free entry it enabled show goers to experience some of the history of the region with relics of the past, old farm machinery on display and the new miniature costume exhibition and dairy interpretive centre open to the public.
Individual show results will be available on the website www.portelliotshow.com.au