The rich history of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show
THE Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a prestigious three-day event that showcases the extraordinary diversity of the Sunshine Coast.
It keeps history alive, unites town and country, and promotes iconic agricultural industries. It's an opportunity for locals to share their talents, skills and achievements, with the expansive range of competitions highlighting the best in the region.
The Show also provides businesses and community groups with a valuable platform to further promote their brand and gather support.
The environment provides a varied range of entertainment each day in the Main Ring with Horse events, V8 Utes, Fireworks, in Side Show Alley, roving performances and on the Heritage Stage.
The first 110 shows were held in Woombye just five kilometres south of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show's present home in Nambour and began on June 3, 1900.
1500 people attended this momentous occasion and gate takings for the first day were recorded as 23-19-0 pounds.
The first Show featured a small ring with seats around the perimeter made from rounds of timber blocks and fitches of waste timber.
A Pavilion was built of forked posts and round bush timber to house displays of cooking, needlework, school work and floral art. Under the pavilion there was fruit and farm produce.
Only three side show alley rides were included, one being a Merry Go Round.
In 1909 and 1910 the Show was established at the present day Showgrounds at Nambour with an abundance of room, large ring and pavilion and close proximity to town.