By Lauren Ferrone
It’s that time of the year again when thrill-seekers, kids and the young at heart head towards the Adelaide Showground. Each year it never fails to impress with something new, as well as old-time favourites which take us fondly back to our childhood. So, to kick off one of the most fun times in Adelaide, here’s a list of a few of our Royal Adelaide Show favourites…
1 NEW – SA & AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL DRONE
With prize money totalling $25,000, the SA & Australian International Drone Championship racing is a first for the Royal Adelaide Show.
Drone racing blends high speed with skill and technology.
The Royal Adelaide Show is hosting the races in conjunction with the MAAA, which will include the South Australian State Championship and Australian International Championship with total prize money of $25,000. Local clubs, including Adelaide FPV Racing and Adelaide Multi-Rotor Pilots will support the event.
WHEN? Races will be held over 10 nights, from September 2 – 11
WHERE? Main Arena
2 ON SHOW – LITTLE ART PROJECT 618
A 100-metre mural capturing the joy, pride, history and diversity of the Royal Adelaide Show is being painted on the cement wall next to the Goodwood Road entrance to the Adelaide Showground during this year’s show.
Sponsored by the City of Unley and Arts SA, the littleartproject618 combines the talent of local artists and community groups, who are allocated a section of wall to paint, with each artist to focus on a particular concept related to the Show – from the fireworks, clowns to smiling faces!
Artists picked up their paintbrushes to start work on the mural on August 19, and will continue throughout the show.
An area in the Market Bazaar in the Ridley Pavilion will be dedicated to littleartproject618. Showgoers will be able to watch live art demonstrations and purchase artworks and merchandise by the artists.
WHERE? Goodwood Road entrance to the Adelaide Showground
WHEN? Throughout entire show
3 SNEAK PEEK – EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP TROPHY 2016
We’re getting a bit of a taste for Melbourne at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show. With the show’s number of notable horsing events, the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy will be showcased for the first time at this year’s show.
The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will see the trophy travel to 34 towns and cities
across Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Flemington for the ‘race that stops a nation’
on the first Tuesday in November.
The Cup has successfully completed its tour of South Australian towns, Streaky Bay and Roxby
Downs, and will arrive in Kadina on Sunday (September 4) after its Royal Adelaide Show appearance.
Make sure you snap a photo of yourself with the $175,000 trophy!
WHEN? Friday, September 2
WHERE: Jubilee Pavilion
4 ENTERTAINMENT – GENTLEMEN OF DECEIT
After meeting at a magic society event, Alex de la Rambelje, Vyom Sharma and Luke Hocking were drawn together by a mutual passion for mind-blowing magic.
After blowing away the judges and audience in the Grand Final of Australia’s Got Talent, Gentlemen of Deceit – the nation’s freshest and funniest trio of magicians – are set to perform at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show.
The gentlemen have even wowed people in their living rooms on the Today Show, ABC’s Stand and Deliver and Kids’ WB. They have also amazed audiences live with smash hit seasons at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and performances at the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle in Los Angeles.
WHEN? September 2 – September 4 & September 8 – September 11 at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
WHERE? Goyder Stage, Goyder Pavilion
5 COMPETITION – STATE YOUNG FARMER CHALLENGE
The Young Farmer Challenge provides entertainment and promotes farming which showcases the involvement of South Australian youth in agriculture and rural communities.
While these challenges have a focus on agriculture and farming, there is no prerequisite to be involved in farming and anyone from the public is encouraged to enter from a school teacher to a shearer.
The Young Farmer Challenge demonstrates some of the skills, equipment and techniques farmers use every-day as well as some fun activities anyone can participate in.
WHEN? State Final – 3 September at 2:15 pm; Australian Final – 3 September at 6pm
WHERE? Main Arena
6 SHOWBAG – THE GOURMET GOODIE BAG
And, finally – the Royal Adelaide Show 2016 isn’t complete without a showbag – or 10! Our favourite pick is the much-loved Gourmet Goodie Bag, which shares fantastic South Australian food and beverage brands!
Every Gourmet Goodie Bag contains fresh cheese, yoghurt, frozen yoghurt, a gourmet pizza, fresh bread rolls and a cellar door wine voucher!
Over $95 value for just $20! Support South Australian brands and get yours quick – there are only 5,000 Gourmet Goodie Bags available!
WHEN? Until sold out
WHERE? Stand 5, Showbag Hall