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Five reasons why you should road trip to the Boorowa Show this weekend

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Honestly, they had us at alpaca judging.

For those seeking to escape the city this weekend but don’t have the time (or energy) to travel very far, let us introduce you to the farming village that offers a very wholesome country escape: Boorowa.

Located only 90 minutes away from Canberra in the beautiful Hilltops wine region, you might not be familiar with some of the amazing things Boorowa has to offer (like exceptional merino wool, its rich Irish heritage, and – most importantly – its proximity to nearby orchards and wineries). But with the Boorowa Show taking place on Saturday 2 March, it’s time to hit the road and explore the best of Boorowa for yourself.

Here are five reasons why. Read on!

Don’t miss the championships and competitions (including alpaca judging)

Everyone knows that part of the magic of a country show is the cattle championships and sheep competitions – but at the Boorowa Show, there’s a lot more than cute cows and sheep (although there are plenty of those too). Alpacas, horses, and yard dogs will also be judged on Saturday, filling the day with more animal-themed displays than you can poke a blue ribbon at.

And add in some carriage driving (you read that right) involving both ponies and horses and you’ll feel transported back in time as you watch the passionate and talented competitors go head-to-head.

Did we mention the free children’s activities? 

Need to keep some little ones entertained? There might be plenty to see at the Boorowa Show, but for children, there will also be plenty to do. From magic shows to science activities, reptile displays, and face painting, let them run wild in the country air and get their hands dirty.

And for those who want to inspire their kids to get creative, you can’t go past the ‘Kids Stuff’ section of the show – three different competitions for young entrants. Think: a Baby Show (because who doesn’t love looking at cute babies? Maybe this one is more for the adults…), a Pet Show, and a LEGO Show where you’ll see creations from local pre-schoolers to high schoolers. Will you be jealous of their talent? Yes, but it’ll also be a lot of fun.

There will be a cornucopia of pavilion displays and market stalls 

Explore the pavilion full of fruit, vegetables, and produce and make the most of the traditional agricultural show elements – because if you can cook, carve, grow, or bake it, you’ll probably find it. And while you’re there, there will also be plenty of other things to admire, including art, knitting, handicrafts, cooking, horticulture, photography, and the fleece wool competition.

Keen to get your hands on some local products? With Boorowa located right near the orchards of Young (AKA the cherry capital of Australia), it would be rude not to. With 30 artisan market stalls open on the day, you’ll be sure to find a hidden treasure to take home and support local crafty creators. It promises to be a shopper’s paradise – and you’ll see some amazing products.

And so many other fun ways to support local

Before 5pm, make a visit to the Court House Arts and Crafts Co-Op in the old Courthouse building next to the police station, where you can buy more homemade goodies and crafts.

Make sure to grab some of the homemade jams, jellies, pickles, or sauces to take home (honestly, who can resist fresh blackberry jam?) Often, there are home cooked biscuits and slices, but you have to be quick!!  Keep an eye out for hand knitted jumpers, baby clothes, toys and other local crafts for sale in this shop.

Don’t forget to discover Boorowa

You’ve made the trip all the way there, so why not spend some time exploring beautiful Boorowa?

Before heading to the show, take some time to walk one of the three Shamrock Trails through the town and along the Boorowa River to learn all about the local history – you’ll see everything from the magnificent historic Town Clock to the Boorowa Park and Playground (which is perfect for a fun pitstop).

Craving a caffeine hit? Stop off at Superb Bakery, Peppers or Marsden Street General for some superb roasted coffee and freshly baked goodies (just make sure to leave some room for the food at the show).

That’s just the beginning…

Showcasing and promoting agriculture and businesses from the region, this is just a small taste of what you’ll discover at the Boorowa Show. Designed to help give back to the local community of this country town, why wouldn’t you want to make the easy trip out of Canberra? And with the entry fee only costing $15 for adults, you can have a whole day of fun on a budget.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Boorowa Show 2024
When: Saturday 2 March
Where: Boorowa Showground, Ballyryan Road, Boorowa
Cost: $15 for adults and school children free (if accompanied by adults). Cash is preferred.
Web + more information: boorowashow.org.au 

Photography: Jane Wagner.

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