Port Lincoln Show set for August 15 return

READY: Port Lincoln Show committee members Peter Hughes, Ainsley Parker and Cheryl Higgins putting up the front street sign advertising the show on August 15. Photo: supplied
READY: Port Lincoln Show committee members Peter Hughes, Ainsley Parker and Cheryl Higgins putting up the front street sign advertising the show on August 15. Photo: supplied

The Port Lincoln Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show is planned to return on August 15 as the show's committee work to keep Port Lincoln's oldest community event going into the future.

The show was held in Port Lincoln in 1904 and the committee plan for the show to return after it, like many country shows across the state, was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

This week's lockdown of South Australia has cast somewhat of a cloud over the event but society vice president Peter Hughes said everyone was committed to bringing the show back in 2021.

"We're pretty enthusiastic to get it going again and prior to the lockdown we were confident we would go ahead," he said.

"We're going to have to wait and see...but at this stage all systems are go."

The Port Lincoln Show's main feature this year will be 'Rev It Up Racing' with a car racing theme to provide family entertainment through activities for all ages.

This includes a virtual simulator which will give people the chance to race against each other or on their own on renowned tracks.

Local musicians have been organised to perform, including Drew Cornell and his band, as well as the Cellar Folk Club.

Show pavilion competitions are planned to return including art, cooking, flowers and needlework, with COVID-safe practices to be in place throughout the weekend.

Horses will be on display with showjumping, and poultry and pigeon competitions are planned, and a number of stalls and food vans have been booked for the event.

Other entertainment will include the Old McDonald Animal Nursery and Petting Zoo, free face painting, as well as bouncy castles, zorb balls and other activities provided by Xtreme Kites and Paddle.

Mr Hughes said a lot of work had gone into planning the show and keeping this long-running community event alive.

"It's been an important part of our lives for a long time and we'd like to keep the tradition going, we've had to make lots of changes over the last couple of years," he said.

"It's important for the community to continue to support the Port Lincoln Show."

A quiz night fundraiser will be held the week prior to the show at the Port Lincoln Bowling Club on August 7 at 7pm, with $10 entry per person. Anyone interested should contact Helen Forrest on 0412 213 136.

The society is also seeking volunteers for the show and ask anyone who is interested in volunteering their time to contact president Simon Drewitt on 0402 266 769.