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Two Whittlesea Shows in one year

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

Love a great weekend of spectacle, fun, food and excitement? Want to enjoy family-friendly events and activities that don’t break the budget and provide something different for all ages and interests? Then 2023 is your lucky year.

The Whittlesea Show returns to its regular November schedule, following the postponement of last year’s show to January this year – which means two shows in the one year.

The show’s theme this year is ‘Memories in the making’, and organisers invite the public to attend and make memories of their own.

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The November show, across the weekend of November 4 and 5, will be at Whittlesea Showgrounds – already starting to look their spring best thanks to the dedicated volunteer crew and grounds teams.

The show schedule, offering information about entering an exhibit entry at in the show, will be available online mid-September.

Whittlesea Agriculture Society president Erica Hawke said the schedule also provided information about office hours, the online entry system, exhibit entry opening and closing dates and drop-off times.

“This year we have our usual favourite classes to enter as well as some new additions. You can even enter your Lego designs in the homecrafts section this year,” she said.

With family always the focus, the show provides something for the whole crew, and at a cost of only $5 a ticket, purchased online, for children, it offers great value for money with a wide range of free attractions and entertainment on offer.

“While the kids are well looked after, there is plenty for the rest of the family to enjoy,” Ms Hawke said.

“View amazing exhibits of needlework, art and cooking in the homecrafts pavilion, educational and photographic displays, the woodchop competition, showjumping, heritage precinct, Eroni’s Big Top Circus, roving musicians and stage performances and grab a show bag or two.

“Have a fling in the Bilby Boot Throw competition or enter the fun dog show, enjoy the carnival rides and the animal nursery, always popular with show-goers of all ages.”

The Young Person’s Competition will feauture again on Sunday, November 5 – a fun and inclusive event for children and teenagers, the competition aims to encourage positivity and confidence while developing public speaking skills in an encouraging and friendly environment.

Each entrant is judged by a panel on presentation, personality and general knowledge, with entries invited for tiny tots, Whittlesea junior, pre-teen, and teenager categories.

Each contestant will receive a participation ribbon and the first-place winner will also take part in the Whittlesea Show Grand Parade at 3pm on Sunday.

The show always attracts a large number of equestrian entries across a wide range of competition and disciplines, with a feature the Jack Eadon Memorial Show Jumping, named in honour of Mr Eadon who lived in Whittlesea and was a show jumping legend and a life member of Whittlesea Agricultural Society.

“The Whittlesea Agricultural Society, one of Victoria’s oldest agricultural societies, is a group of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who continue to work hard to provide for this much-loved and important event,” Ms Hawke said.

“We encourage enquiries from people who would like to become involved in the organisation of the show as a volunteer, or to support the event as a sponsor. You will be enthusiastically welcomed to our very committed team.”

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