Port Elliot Show's 140th event

The 140th Port Elliot Show will be staged at the Port Elliot showgrounds this weekend, on October 6 and 7.

This year's show has a ‘yesteryear’ theme which will be highlighted in many ways, including free entry into the Southern Fleurieu Historical museum as part of the show’s entrance fee; the display of old vehicles, including an old police car; as well as relics from the past, a heirloom cookery book competition, and lots more 'old world' attractions.

The first show in this region was held in 1869 and it was not until 1889 that the show finally settled into its present home at Port Elliot.

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The event has been continually staged, with the exception of the war years as well as a single cancellation due to a bushfire in the region and, more recently, in 2016 a second cancellation because of severe flooding of the showgrounds after heavy rains. 

Organisers of this year's show are expecting record crowds as the event falls during the October school holidays when travellers are enjoying the region and all it has to offer.

The 140th Port Elliot Show will be officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia at 12 noon on Saturday.

This year's Port Elliot show certainly has something on offer for everyone in the family with a wide choice of entertainment, hundreds of entries in the indoor sections, horses, dogs, dance, singing, kiddies fun, animal exhibitions, museum tours, train rides, side shows, heritage themes, and a ute muster, just to name a few.

There will also be sideshows, continuous entertainment featuring live bands and music, animals, woodworking demonstrations, workshops, hundreds of exhibits on display, trade sites, car displays, and plenty of food and drink stalls.

All the regular features of the show will continue right throughout the weekend including dog trials on the Saturday and horse events on the Sunday. 

Free entry attractions will again include the dog and horse shows on the main arena, children's animal farm, 'Stan the Man' woodworking demonstrations, Animals Anonymous (reptiles), Children's Pet shed, Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum, miniature goats, old police historical vehicles on show, ute muster, old Granite Island restored train on display, scarecrows, classic and vintage car display, workshops and over 1000 indoor exhibits.

Entry fees to the show, which include a pass to the museum, are: $12 for adults, or $20 for a weekend pass; $8 for pensioners and students; $5 for children between eight and 16 years old; and free for children under eight.

Gates open at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday and the show closes at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.