Welcome to the 74th Annual Dalgety Show
If there is one thing that brings a smile to anyone that lives on the land, it’s the sound of rain hitting the roof of a shed and for those of us that live in the Snowy Mountains, the mention of the Dalgety Show coming up does the same thing. So it seems so fitting that “Aussie Sheds” are being celebrated at the 74th Dalgety Show, the only show that sits alongside the famous Snowy River on Sunday March 4th.
Be it the shearing shed, dads “man cave” or a shelter animals, the “Aussie Shed” comes in all shapes and sizes & provides shelter from Australia’s harsh conditions and in these parts that’s usually providing shelter for our livestock from snow and the hot sun. The “Aussie Shed” is so entrenched on our landscape and in our hearts that poet Henry Lawson penned a poem about shearing sheds capturing the spirit of shed and shearer as only he could.
Yet again we have had a busy lead up for our 74th Show with our President Julie Hedger and her hard working committee ready to put on the single biggest and most vibrant community event on the Snowy River.
So in 2018, what have Julie and her passionate committee got planned for young and old? One thing you can always be guaranteed to at the Dalgety Show is a warm country welcome from our volunteers and committee who love nothing more than seeing smiles on faces all day.
Our Show Opener for 2018 is life member and local identity Mrs Judy Walters. Judy has been involved with the show for decades and has only recently retired from being Head Steward of the Cooking section. Judy is a much loved and admired community member and we could not think of a more dissevering person to open our show this year.
Just by coming through the gates in 2018 gets yourself into the running of our ever popular gate prizes with Monster Sports and Sportspower Cooma vouchers up for grabs!
If you get to the show early you will get to watch the early heats of our popular and much loved working dogs competition which gets underway at 7.30am as both handler and dog work hard to beat the clock. These talented four legged athletes are wonderful to watch and always draw a large crowd all day and with over $3500 in prize money on offer in 2018, it will be a hotly contested day.
While you’re watching the dogs, make sure you grab your breakfast from the hardworking Dalgety P&C who will be serving up egg and bacon rolls located at the end of the BBQ Hut, it’s the only way to start your show day experience.
Our volunteer horse committee has once again put together a program to suit those riding and those that sit on the edge of their seats all day enjoying the spectacle that both horse and rider bring to the show. Again this year we will welcome many riders from all over south east NSW and we hope that our 2018 program will really be enjoyed.
Our Novelty event this year is Pigs. You are only limited by your imagination in this event with Pigs being created by any means, big and small, and as always sees some amazing and creative artists come up with some wonderful entries. Located in front of the bunker, the Pigs will be on display all day.
A highlight of any country show is making your way into the showgrounds Pavilion and like so many across the area, the pavilion will again be filled to the brim, with arts and crafts to the most delicious of cakes and condiments, the pavilion is a much loved part of our show and we thank everyone that enters their items each year.
The yearly display of school children’s artwork from our local schools brings the pavilion to life with the walls coming alive with colour and stories showcasing the talents of our youngest show entrants.
It will be interesting to see who wins the most ribbons in the hotly contested cooking section with many of the area’s best cooks getting busy in their kitchens in the days leading up to the show cooking up a storm to create the most mouth watering delights. Who in 2018 will be able to come out on top and come home with the Most Successful Exhibitor ribbon?
Our pavilion plays host as well to some magnificent photography and it is always a hard job for our judge to select winners, we have many talented photographers in the area and with such a stunning area to live in, each year we are blessed to see such striking images on the pavilion walls.
We also see loads of colour in our flower section with the beautiful dahlias putting on a stunning show along with majestic roses; the flower section is one that all of the senses.
All around the show arena there is something always happening to keep one and all entertained.
Cattle, sheep and poultry are also a loved part of our show and gives local farmers and those passionate about showing their animals to the public as well as seeing how well they are going against like minded farmers, many continuing showing their animals for generations.
In 2018 we welcome the introduction of the John Lawlis Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Champion Rooster following on from his passing last year. John was one of the finest poultry breeders in the area and was a much respected judge and entrant in many shows both here and interstate.
Late last year the show society was hit with a major blow when a freak wind event downed our Sheep Pavilion and although we are unable to have a new one up and running in time for this year’s sheep program we look forward to showing off our new sheep pavilion in 2019. The judging will be in the same area with marquees in place to protect the sheep and their handlers. The fleece will be viewed in the main pavilion.
Our popular showrides are back again in 2018 along with the Petting Zoo and this year we are excited to have a facepainter coming along. The showring will also be surrounded by many different stall holders with something on offer for everyone.
Now in its 3rd year is the Snowy River Tyrepower Stockman's Challenge. Commencing with the Juniors at 11am and the Open’s at 2pm, come along and see entrants compete in a set course to demonstrate their skills in this timed event whilst they also demonstrates their speed and control. A course will be set that includes reversing, side passing, whip cracking, bending, jumping and a few other obstacles.
Want to see some action down near the river, well you better make your way down and see the skill and speed of competitors Snowy River Woodchop. Kicking off at 11am, the Woodchop event is an exciting display of skill and strength and well worth a watch.
Vintage Vehicles are back in 2018 and have now become a real favourite with many of our guests over the years. There will be plenty of vintage and classic cars on display at this year’s show along with some historic steam engines.
Make sure during the day you make your way over to the Memorial Hall and appreciate the beautiful workmanship and skill that is on show in the Needlework, Knitting and Quilting sections. These true works of art are a feast for the eyes and are a must see when you come to the Dalgety Show.
The Memorial Hall opens from 8.30am.
We also have you all covered on the refreshment front on the day with Shelly and Bert Thompson and their hardworking team heading up the BBQ and serving up delicious steak sandwiches and the like all day long.
Once again show stalwart Vickii Wallace and her crew will be manning the Kiosk, serving tea and coffee and sweet treats throughout the day as well as Vickii’s much loved scones, a real treat on show day. Need a refreshing cool ale, Jackie Harmey will have a tipple and a friendly chat with you at the bar. We also have a variety of food stalls around the show ring, your tastebuds will thank you!
Without our sponsors, the show would not go on. To all our sponsors, the show committee says a big ‘thank you’. The response from local businesses is always cheerful and generous and the Dalgety Show Society appreciates our sponsors’ help very much.
If you can only get to one show this year, you will be guaranteed of a fantastic day at the Dalgety Show and we look forward to welcoming one and all to our 74th show on Sunday March 4th.
The 2018 Main Schedule is now available here.
The 2018 Horse Schedule is now available here.
The Dalgety Show Society Inc. is a devoted group of people who feel strongly about the future of rural Australia and understand the importance of local Shows. Every year the committee organises for the Dalgety Show, new and exciting events to keep the show fresh and appealing to not only the residents of the Snowy River Shire but visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the Monaro. The Dalgety Show Society Inc. welcomes new members. Membership costs just $7.50 per person or $15 per family.