ABOVE: Panorama of Nambour showgrounds during the annual show, Nambour, ca 1955.
ABOVE: Panorama of Nambour showgrounds during the annual show, Nambour, ca 1955. Picture Sunshine Coast

Everything to know about the history of the show

THE annual show is one of the most iconic of Australian traditions but it means something different to each of us.

We all have fond childhood memories of our first visit to "the show".

Agricultural shows have been part of Queensland's history since 1822 and the tradition is still going strong with 128 shows held throughout the state.

This weekend, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show celebrates its 111th anniversary.

This year's show continues to showcase the extraordinary diversity of the region.

 

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It keeps our history alive and continues to thrive after 110 years by engaging, educating and entertaining those who come to see competitions, displays, livestock, poultry and much more.

The first show was held in Woombye, just 5km south of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show's present home at Nambour, on June 3, 1900.

A record crowd of 1500 attended, with the gate takings on the first day bringing in approximately $50.

A pavilion was built of bush timber to house displays of cookery, needlework as well as the work of local school students.

Under the pavilion there was fruit and farm produce.

In 1909, the show moved to Nambour Showgrounds which was in close proximity to the town.

 

 

Les Dowdle with his prized soft feather bantam at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, 1952.
Les Dowdle with his prized soft feather bantam at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, 1952. Picture Sunshine Coast

 

It was an ideal site and still is today, with space for exhibits and livestock as well as plenty of room for the main arena and sideshow alley.

Traditions will continue this year with young participants proudly leading their dairy cattle around the arena.

Visitors can enjoy the popular displays of standard cattle breeds and champion poultry judging.

Among the most popular attraction at the show are the Miss Showgirl competition, as well as the historic racing cars and fun heritage racing pigs.

Jam, pickles and relish makers will be hoping to take home first prize but our local show is more than that.

 

 

Miss North Coast Show Girl Quest entrants, Nambour Showgrounds, 1958.
Miss North Coast Show Girl Quest entrants, Nambour Showgrounds, 1958. Picture Sunshine Coast

 

Families can see chooks and ducks, horse events, perhaps a cow being milked and of course learn about all things that past generations on the farm experienced as part of their daily lives.

The modern-day show includes breathtaking extreme moto-cross daredevils and a night-time spectacular that will wow show patrons.

* Thanks to Sunshine Coast Council's Heritage Library Officers for the words and Picture Sunshine Coast for the images.


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