Official countdown to 2018 Gawler Show begins

THE official Gawler Show season has kicked off, with the highly-anticipated, new-look 2018 show book launched at a special event on Friday night.


Held at Nixon’s Function Centre, the event was an opportunity to not only promote this year’s upcoming show, but to formally thank all those who contribute to making it the success that it is.


Gawler Show secretary Kate Cowell said show-goers can expect a completely revamped look to this year’s show guide, with the judging schedules and entry information now relocated online to the show’s website.


“It looks completely different – it is more in a magazine style this year and it will be something you take to the show with you, to see what’s going on and where to find things,” she said.


The new style has also enabled the printing of more copies, with this year’s distribution jumping from 1200 to 15,000.


“10,000 are being delivered to mail boxes in the Munno Para and Andrews Farm region, and then we’ve got 5000 for locals,” Ms Cowell said.


“They will still be available from all the normal places also, like The Bunyip, Town of Gawler, the Visitor Information Centre, and Gawler Show office.”


This year’s Gawler Show is shaping up to be one of the best yet, with the very popular working dog demonstration set to return, along with the Young Farmer Challenge and Horses in Action program.


The overall layout will again receive a shake-up, with a new dedicated food and wine tent sure to be a hit.


With the announcement that 2018 will be themed the Year of Engineering, entertainment will include the return of the blacksmith, and a billycart-making competition for the kids.


New activity ‘Nixon’s Animal Adventures’ will likely be one of the highlights.


Aimed at primary school children, the activity will complement the existing Treasure Trail, but will take families around to various animal exhibits.


Participants have the opportunity to win a family pass to the 2019 Gawler Show, with the activity also qualifying as an official Children’s University Challenge.


Entries to the dozens of competitions open today, with miniature goat judging and a special cake-baking competition being new additions.

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.