For more than 100 years locals have met at the Cummins Show to see what the region has to offer, and this year will be no different.
Head to the showgrounds on Saturday, October 13 to experience all the fun of the fair with something for everyone.
Cummins A & H Society president Raymond Whillas said this year’s show will be a step up from what the committee did last year.
“Between the horses, the team penners, live entertainment, kids entertainment and competitions, it should be a fun-filled family day out,” he said.
“Each year is going to get bigger and better, and we have already implemented things for next year’s show.”
There will be live music, a fashion parade, kids zone, Old McDonald’s Farm, bouncy castles, archery tag, bubble soccer, zorb balls, a wine and cheese bar plus a vintage machinery and trucks display.
The show will also feature around 50 market stalls plus some aviation and media career pathway stalls, including world-class training facility Regional Express Airlines (Rex) Australian Airline Pilot Academy.
“We’re pretty lucky to have them over from Wagga Wagga,” Raymond said.
“This is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to go into aviation.”
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“We’ve also got live radio broadcasting on the day.”
In the new ag shed, there will be a grain and wool marketers, with wool donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service after the show.
Horses and their riders will also have an easier time performing at the show this year thanks 176 truckloads of sand being dumped on the horse arena in March.
Donated by Gavin Traeger it is hoped the sand will soften the arena to reduce the risk of serious injuries.
“We’ve generated a lot of interest in the horse community… hopefully, it shows on show day with lots of entries,” he said. A big drawcard for the show this year is the team penners event (see the next article).
“It’s not for the faint-hearted,” Raymond said.
The showground has a new layout this year with the south gate opening to the general public from 9.30am, to create a safe family environment. Free parking is also available.
“I’m looking forward to good weather and seeing everyone there,” said Raymond.
Southern Eyre Team Penners (SETP) will once again be a feature at the 2018 Cummins Show.
SETP was established in 2009.
Team penning is a western equestrian sport that has evolved from the common station work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring or transport.
Today it is a fast-paced event that gives a team of three riders on horseback 90 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30, and put them into a pen at the opposite end of the arena, a great spectator sport.
SETP is a family-orientated club, providing a safe and supportive environment for riders of all ages/levels of experience.
It currently has a membership of 108, which includes 40 junior riders.
Members are predominantly from the Eyre Peninsula along with a number from across the state.
The club objectives are to encourage, promote and advance team penning in the region; to promote, foster and encourage a family sport for all ages; and to support the training and education of junior competitors, new and existing riders.