The 2015 St Ives Show was a fun, family day out!
St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Road, St Ives (between north St Ives and Terrey Hills) the best Perth pool cleaning company
Open: 9am – 9pm, Saturday &
9am – 4pm, Sunday
Entry cost: children over 5/seniors/adults,
Only $5.00 each
The 2015 St Ives Show, presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society Inc, showcased the best in arts, crafts, horses, horticulture, apiculture, cooking and baking, photography and more.
Crowds enjoy fun carnival atmosphere at 2015 St Ives Show
More than 4,000 visitors made the most of fine weather and enjoyed the carnival atmosphere at the 2015 St Ives Show on May 16 and 17.
The beautiful bush parklands and historic pavilions of St Ives Showground had displays and attractions as diverse as the Annual Horse Show with hundreds of competitors, a 7D cinema in a truck boasting special effects including snow and wind, kelpies herding sheep and reptile handling demonstrations.
“Children were everywhere having a great time trying as many carnival rides as they could and they just loved cuddling and feeding the baby farm animals,” said Elaine Tracey, President of the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society Inc, organiser of the event. “I think the animal nursery was the most popular attraction for families, although the camel and pony rides were kept busy all day. The Rabbit Fanciers Show on the Sunday was great fun with rare breeds on display and some crazy competitions being held including a rabbit hopping steeplechase. The kids loved climbing over the Careflight Helicopter simulator and you could see they were imagining being able to fly it.
“Always popular, the boys and girls from Ku-ring-gai Miniwheels Training Club put on a motorcycle riding display in the main showground and really revved up the show.
“We held our big Annual Horse show with nine rings and I estimate there would have been at least 300 horses participating in it. Riders as young as three years old took part and the breeds ranged from Shetlands, to ponies and brumbies, to heavy horses such as Clydesdales and Percherons. This year the Royal Easter Show introduced a new category ‘Ridden Purebred Arabian Show / Native Costume’ and it was a delight to see a competitor and horse in exotic Middle Eastern costume in the show ring.
“My own personal thanks go to our Showgirl, Natalie Hoskins, who, besides assisting with stewarding at the Annual Horse Show on Sunday, was also a great help to the organisers in managing visitors, exhibitors and competition participants,” Mrs Tracey added.
On stage, Remy’s Music Machine had everyone dancing – not just the kids; One-Liner Bootscooters demonstrated a fun and easy way to keep fit, the Seabirds Cheer Squad wowed the audience with their precision dancing, the Mt Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir charmed us with their cultural performance and we heard a diverse repertoire from students from French’s Forest Public School and Killarney Heights High School bands.
A time to remember
The Australian Light Horse’s A Troop from Richmond/Windsor provided a static display and members were on hand to tell you about their organisation’s part in our nation’s ANZAC history. Many attractions took people back to our pioneering days and showed them what it was like for our early settlers – you could see a blacksmith at work, antique farm machinery, woodturning and woodchopping. Pittwater High School is keeping up our agricultural tradition and students had their prize-winning sheep and chickens on display.
The first St Ives Show was held in January 1921, just three years after the end of the Great War. During World War II, the site was commandeered for use by the Australian Defence Forces, particularly the 18th Battalion, known as the ‘Ku-ring-gai Regiment’ and the event was put on hold for a time. One remaining building from those days houses our Cooking competition while other pavilions on the site are where you’ll find the winning entries for arts, crafts, photography, apiculture and horticulture. Visitors are always keen to see the skills of our local creative community and buy some of their wares.
A great family day out
There was a great selection of food available all day ranging from the offerings of the Country Women’s Association Kiosk to dishes from around the world including Turkish gozleme, pizzas, European sausages, doner kebabs, , hamburgers, pizzas, pies, cakes, ice creams and more. A dedicated food area with tables and chairs was set up in the centre of the food stalls. Visitors also stayed on to watch the spectacular fireworks display by All Occasions Pyrotechnics at 6.30pm on Saturday evening.
“The weather was kind to us after weeks of storms and the sun shone on our weekend,” said Mrs Tracey.
“We’re already working hard to make the 2016 St Ives Show as inspirational and entertaining as this year’s event and draw even bigger crowds,” she said. “We’re always looking for volunteers to join the Society and help us organise a memorable experience for our visitors so check out this website for more details.”
In 2016, the St Ives Show will be held at St Ives Showground on May 21 and 22. Check the website for further information, www.stivesshow.com.au or call 0408 253 563.
Put May 21 and 22, 2016 in your diary now!
Heavy Horses On Display
Visitors could get up close and pat them on Saturday; parents & kids enjoyed rides in a hay cart pulled by a Clydesdale.
Check out the exciting attractions at the 2015 Show
The 2015 Schedules and Entry Forms are posted to this site.
We are working on the 2016 forms now.
2015 results will be posted to this site shortly.
ST IVES SHOW
St Ives Showground Mona Vale Road, St Ives
(between North St Ives and Terrey Hills)