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:: 2016 Young Rural Ambassador Announced

Winner:  Caitlin Marshall (Right)
Runner Up:  Georgie Beighton (Left)

 * Photo courtesy of the Stock Journal, Fairfax Media *

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:: Quorn Show

Quorn Show has changed their show date for 2016.  The amended show date is Sunday 25th September.

:: Poster Competition

The poster competition is being conducted again this year. For your information the rules are as follows; Local Show Poster – Size A4 – Portrait (entries can be forwarded direct to Malcolm Buckby) and Association Poster – Size A3 – Landscape (one representative poster per Association to be selected at the Association level). The posters must be received by the Rural Services office no later than Monday 11 July 2016 as they will be judged prior to the Symposium. This year we have received sponsorship for the competition from Rowan and Teresa Ramsey who have offered prize money of $50 for first place for each competition and Janet King will supply prize money of $25 for the second place getter. Thank you to the Ramsey’s and Janet.

If shows are intending to include information about the competition in their show book, then those entries will be judged at the 2017 Symposium and the posters will advertise the 2017/ 2018 show season.

:: Country Show Waiver Forms

Please find the links below to the insurance waivers for your use:

Animal Handling Waiver (Bulk) 2016

Animal Handling Waiver (Individual) 2016

Horse Waiver 2016

Participation Waiver (Bulk) 2016

Participation Waiver (Individual) 2016


:: Cookery Judges Information Workshop

As you are aware, baking as we know it, is evolving due to many influences, such as product changes, online recipies, and television shows to name a few.  Should competitive baking reflect this?  The RAS is conducting the workshop to further develop the framework for judging items within the show cookery schedule.

Date:  Thursday 5th May 2016
Time:  9.30am - 1.30pm
Venue:  Goyder Mezzanine at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds

Butter Cakes/ Chocolate Cakes
Sponge Cakes
Biscuits/ Slices
Fruit Cakes/ Puddings
Scones/ Breads

Royal Show Cookery Judges

RSVP:  By Thursday 28th April 2016
By email:  jbennett@adelaideshowground.com.au
Telephone Enquiries - Jo on 8210 5267

Click here to download Brochure

:: 2015 Rural Ambassador Winner Announced

      Winner:  Jeremy Schutz

      Runner up:  Cassie Ryan

      Runner up:  Damien Liebelt

      Click here to view the media release

      Click here to view the contact details of the winners

      (left to right:  Cassie Ryan, Jeremy Schulz, Damien Liebelt)

     * Photo courtesy of the Stock Journal, Fairfax Media *


 :: Country Shows in Generational Change

"Country Shows in generational change in South Australia as youth targeted for involvement - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation"

Click here to see the article featuring the Rural Ambassadors


 :: Winners of the Rich Fruit Cake, Genoa Cake and Scone STATE FINAL

Rich Fruit Cake

1st - Nanette Simpson (Northern)
2nd - Carol Houston (Kangaroo Island)
3rd - Vaughan Wilson (Northern)

Genoa Cake

1st - Carolyn Johnson (Southern)
2nd - Susan Rabbitt (Yorke Peninsula)

3rd - Cheryl Goult (Northern)


1st - Joyce Neumann (Murraylands)
2nd - John Chard (Northern)
3rd - Michelle Haby (Kangaroo Island)

:: Young Rural Ambassador Contacts

Links to Young Rural Ambassadors are listed below. The Agricultural Societies Council  of SA encourages you to invite them to your local show.

Young Rural Ambassadors


:: 2015 Young Rural Ambassador Announced


Winner:  Kahlia Jenke
Runner Up:  Hayley Lewis

 * Photo courtesy of the Stock Journal, Fairfax Media *

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:: Celebration of Past Young Rural Ambassador Winners - 2006-2014

Row 3: Carly Gogel 2013, Jeremy Schutz 2009
Row 2: Alistair Keller 2014, William Denholm 2010, John Nicholas 2006
Row 1: Emily Coote 2007, Kahlia Jenke 2015, McKeely Maney 2012, Peter Angus YRA Coordinator


* Photo courtesy of the Stock Journal, Fairfax Media *

:: 2015 Poster Competition

The competition is for all SA Country Shows and Associations and is open to any age. Categories and criteria are as follows:

1. Association Poster Competition – Perpetual Trophy:
A3 in size, promoting the Show Association and all shows in the Association (not to promote one individual show). ONLY one poster per Association can be submitted into the competition. That poster is to be selected by the Association committee

2. Individual Show Poster Competition – Perpetual Trophy:
A4 in size, promoting an individual show only.

All posters will be required to be submitted by 10am on the morning of the SA Country Shows Symposium (10 July, 2015).

Posters can either be personally delivered to the Rural Services office, or posted beforehand to:

Agricultural Societies Council of SA
PO Box 108
Goodwood SA 5034

The posters will be judged during the day and the winner announced at the SA Country Shows Symposium Dinner on the evening of Friday, 10 July, 2015. The winner of each category will receive a perpetual trophy, and a replica trophy to keep. All posters will be used to decorate the Royal Show stand.
Questions regarding the competition can be directed to the Secretary.

:: Passionate Advocates for Country Shows

Article in the Regions South Australia News - Summer 2014/ 15 Edition 1 about our winners in the Young Rural & Rural Ambassador Competitions.

 >> Download Article here >>


:: Young Rural Ambassador & Ambassador Contacts

Links to Young Rural Ambassadors & Ambassadors are listed below. The Agricultural Societies Council  of SA encourages you to invite them to your local show.

Young Rural Ambassadors

Rural Ambassadors

:: 2014/ 2015 Sponsor Thank you page

As advised in the October 2014 newsletter, attached for download is the sponsor thank you page for your individual show book

>>  Download the Thank you document


:: Young South Australians dominate in rural awards

South Australia has dominated in the Australasian Young Judges Competitions held last week in Queensland.

The competitions – run by the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies – involved entrants from all Australian States and New Zealand.

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:: National Rural Ambassador Award Winner Announced

Regional South Australian Courtney Ramsey has been named Australasian Rural Ambassador for 2014.

Courtney was named South Australia’s Rural Ambassador for 2013 in September last year after being nominated by the organisers of the Kimba Show, and the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies announced the national award at the Brisbane Royal Show last night.










L to R Prue Capp (outgoing winner), Courtney Ramsey SA (winner) Stephanie Bullen, VIC and Bill Trend, President of Federal Council Agricultural Society

* Photo courtesy of the Queensland Country Life *

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:: The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook

The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook will be available at the State Final of the Fruit Cake Judging Competition on the Thursday 4th September at 2pm.  Liz Harfull will be present for book signings during this time.

The book will also be available for purchase at the SA Country Show Stand at the Adelaide Show.  Liz will be present for book signings on the following times and days:

Friday - 5th September          2pm - 4pm
Saturday - 6th September      2pm - 4pm
Sunday -   7th September      2pm - 4pm

Rural Services also has 25 copies of the Liz's original SA Blue Ribbon Cookbook.  If you wish to purchase a copy, please contact Fiona Baker Ph:  8210 5232.  Note:  There are no other copies available in retail stores, and will not be until post Spring.

:: 2014 Young Rural Ambassador Announced


Winner:  Alistair Keller
Runner Up:  Aoife Rutley

* Photo courtesy of the Stock Journal *

:: 150th Anniversary for the Penola PA & H Society

31 October - 1 November 2014 - Penola Show

:: 2013 Young Judge Championship & Australasian Rural Ambassador Results -  New Zealand

Australasian Rural Ambassador
Sam Neumann - Third

Young Judge Championship
Dairy Paraders:  Caitlin Liebich - Second
Beef Cattle:  Jake Phillips - First
Merino Sheep - John Dalla - First

Patrick Keast Shield:
1st New Zealand - 19 points - 2 firsts & 2 seconds
Equal 2nd:  SA & WA - each 17 points - 2 firsts, 1 second & 1 third

:: December 2013 Newsletter

Click here to download the December 2013 edition of the SA Country Shows Newsletter.
This edition contains all the results, reports, updates and photos from the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show State Final competition, Next Generation group report and Rural Ambassador information.

Please note that to enable the size of this newsletter adequate to download the images contained have been saved in low resolution. If you would like a high resolution copy of any of the images please contact the Secretary.


:: 2013 Rural Ambassador is announced

Winner:  Courtney Ramsey
Runner Up:  Edward Scott
Runner Up:  Chelsea Dahlenberg

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:: 2014 Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development Award

The Young Rural and Regional Journalist Professional Development Award is an initiative of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of SA and Rural Media South Australia (RMSA) and proudly supported by Stock Journal, ABC Rural, Channel Seven and The Advertiser.

Entries Close 30th April 2014

>>   Download the brochure for more information 

:: 2012 Rural Ambassador to develop new ideas for shows

South Australia's 2012 Rural Ambassador Lachy Mickan aims to work with the Maitland Show community to bring back some of the Country Show favourites, while enticing more young people to become actively involved in the South Australian Country Shows.

Lachy was named the South Australian Rural Ambassador at the Royal Adelaide Show on Tuesday 11th September. 

Runner up prizes were awarded to Samantha Newmann (Central Association) and Michael Siviour (Eyre Peninsula Association).

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:: Mentoring Award for Country Journalists

An intiative designed to foster excellence in regional journalism has been announced by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RA&HS) & Rural Media South Australia (RMSA).

The Award, jointly funded by the RA&HS and RMSA and supported by media mentor partners the Stock Journal, Channel Seven, ABC Rural and The Advertiser, encourages greater reporting on SA Country Shows and aims to elevate the importance of regional communities and rural issues for all South Australians.

The winner will be mentored while compiling stories about locals competing at the Royal Adelaide Show for publication/broadcast by their regional media employer. They will receive $1,000 to cover expenses and a tailored two-day educational program during the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show.

The Award is open to print, radio and television journalists under 30 who live in a regional area and work within the media in country South Australia. Entries open on 1st August (the start of the 2012/13 SA Country Show season) and close on 30th April 2013.

>> download the full media release
>> download the award information

:: Motivated Mundulla local girl wins Young Rural Ambassador Award

Creative and forward thinking McKeely Maney from Mundulla Show, representing South East & Border Shows Association, has been announced the 2012 Young Rural Ambassador Award state winner.

The 18 year-old was among eight South Australian regional finalists contending for the title at the SA Country Shows 2012 Symposium Dinner in Adelaide on Friday 6th July.

Runner up was awarded to Kimberley Hoepner of Maitland Show, representing Yorke Peninsula Shows Association.

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:: 2012 Symposium rewarding for Shows

The 2012 SA Country Shows Symposium was held at the Adelaide Showground on Friday 6th July and attended by approximately 60 country show representatives from across the seven South Australian show associations. The 2012 Young Rural Ambassador Award state final was also held during the Symposium which concluded with a celebration dinner attended by close to 100 guests at the Morphettville Junction.

:: Information for Country Shows - Pigeon Paramyxovirus

Please click here to view Biosecurity SA's advice on the exhibition of birds.

:: SA Country Shows now on Facebook! Find us on facebook

SA Country Shows has now established a facebook page to share news, photos and information from around our SA shows. "Like" our page and help us promote country shows in South Australia.

The page can be accessed via the link www.facebook.com/sacountryshows or by typing "SA Country Shows" into your facebook search.

:: Show Memorabilia

When cleaning out that old suitcase, box or chest of drawers please take the time to look for any Show related material - photographs, prize certificiates, prize lists, catalogues, ribbons, rosettes, medals or posters.
For items relating to your local area, contact the secretary of your local show society.
If the items are from the Royal Adelaide Show, please contact archivist Marilyn Ward at the Adelaide Showground by phone (08) 8210 5218 or email mward@adelaideshowground.com.au.