Hamilton Show Tasmania offers an entertaining day with something for everyone…
Take time to watch the Working Yard Dogs competition, see how they draft sheep, always listening for their owner’s commands.
At the southern end of the main arena you will be entertained by the Campdrafting Riders as they compete and show patrons how to muster cattle on horseback.
Your next stop should definitely be to see the Miniature Goats, if they can’t make you smile, nothing can.
Why not test your skills with Clay Target Shooting, run by the New Norfolk Field and Game Club. This will be held down toward the river at the back of the showground. To participate you need to be over 18 with a photo ID and register at the gate.
Behind the grandstand the Hamilton Shearing and Woolhandling Championships are held, with some of Australia’s fastest and best Shearers competing from 9.00 am.
If you have little ones in tow, you’ll find plenty of children’s entertainment with the Children’s Novelty Races, The Face Painting Lady, Southern Bee Keepers Hive Display the Animal Nursery run by St Brigid’s Catholic School P&F, plus demonstrations from Australia Day Award winners Gretna Junior Fire Brigade.
Stop by and marvel as Eddie Freeman creates a unique chainsaw sculpture right before your eyes. Wander through the Pavilion of Home Industry Exhibits – perhaps you or your children have entered some preserves, flowers, the biggest vegetable, art, craft or photography.
Walking through Sideshow Alley there are rides, games, stalls, food vans and a chocolate wheel – buy a ticket or two, you may be lucky and win a prize, otherwise you will be supporting Lions Club, who do a magnificent job fundraising and offering Community support whenever needed.
Tas Reptilia are available to give a live demonstration every hour from 10.30, answering all your questions about snakes! As well, the Southern Tasmanian Canary Society’s magnificent display of canaries shouldn’t be missed under the northern end of the grandstand.
By now you need a break…head over to the Food Pavilion BBQ & Bar and enjoy a tasty steak sandwich, a sausage or hamburger, with coleslaw and onion, hot and sour chicken wrap or a local lamb platter. Wash it down with a local brew from The Two Metre Tall Company or a glass of something from Meadowbank or Inverquharity Wines.
While you eat, sit and watch the Equestrian Events or Brian Fish with his Bullock Display whilst taking in the smooth sounds of local Singer/Songwriter Bridget Pross.
If you would prefer something lighter, make your way upstairs to the grandstand where you can enjoy a plate of delicious sandwiches or choose from a selection of cakes, slices or scones and a well deserved cuppa.
The Wool Pavilion is always of interest with local high quality fleeces on display, where there is usually a farmer kicking about to answer any questions you may have on growing a good fleece.
The Central Highlands Rural Youth are running a beaut Ute Competition, along with the Dog High Jump, which should not be missed, it makes for great entertainment.
Now you will need to walk back through the ground and look at the machinery, vintage cars, beaut utes and much more. Make sure you take your places around the main arena or up in the grandstand to watch the Grand Parade.
We hope you enjoy the Show!