Port Elliot Show attracts more than 12,000 people for its 140th event

YESTERYEAR: Governor of South Australia His Excellency Hieu Van Le and Mrs Le pose with members of the Victoriana Society at the Port Elliot Show. Photo: David Woolaway. More than 12,000 people turned up to the 140th show.
YESTERYEAR: Governor of South Australia His Excellency Hieu Van Le and Mrs Le pose with members of the Victoriana Society at the Port Elliot Show. Photo: David Woolaway. More than 12,000 people turned up to the 140th show.

It is estimated that more than 12,000 visitors attended the 140th Port Elliot Show in ideal weather conditions over the weekend.

This year's significant show was deemed a huge success by organisers and with the theme 'yesteryear' there was plenty to do and see including a huge focus on the history of the show and its past.

With all the regular attractions including horse and dog events, sideshows, trade sites, a continual entertainment program, live bands and children’s activities, there was an historical theme right throughout the show including the museum, which was open to the public free of charge as part of the show entry fee.

Deane Perry, president of the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum, said he was delighted with the interest in the museum this year.

“Many people who hadn't visited the museum before, were pleasantly surprised by what it has to offer in the area of history of this region,” he said.

Don Bailey from the Bailey Homes trade site said it was an exceptional event this year.

“It's wonderful to see so many people here and great to see families relaxing and enjoying themselves. The show is a credit to the organising committee” he said.

A big hit was the demonstrations held by woodworking guru, Stan Ceglinski, who entertained the crowd by carving out musical instruments from rough pieces of timber and then playing a tune on his creation while  singing a bush ballad.

With entry numbers well and truly up for indoor exhibits, the pavilions were continually packed with show goers checking out the art, cookery, craft, home produce, scarecrows and flowers.

His Excellency the Governor of South Australia the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC in his opening speech at the Port Elliot Show.

His Excellency the Governor of South Australia the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC in his opening speech at the Port Elliot Show.

The show was officially opened by His Excellency the Governor of South Australia the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC. In his opening speech, His Excellency said this year was an important milestone in the history of the show.

“Undoubtedly, the Port Elliot Show is about community; the community coming together to demonstrate what you can do and what you can produce,” he said.

“The Show is a celebration of life on the coast and in a country town.”

President of the Southern Agricultural Society Stephen Rogers acknowledged the Governor's attendance and thanked him for opening this year's significant show. He thanked all of the volunteers.

“My thanks goes to the management committee, the conveners and the many volunteers who have worked very hard over the past few months to stage this event,” he said 

Gayle Garrett, secretary of the Port Elliot Show Society, presented the Governor with a basket of local produce and Mrs Le with locally grown flowers.

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