Kapunda show around the corner

The 159th Kapunda and Light Agricultural Show is set to kick off on October 29, with plenty of enjoyment promised for the whole family.

Gates open to the public at 8am, with show jumping, pony club, harness and tiny tot ring events commencing just half an hour later.

The show welcomed about 1500 to 2000 people last year, and show secretary Wendy Venning is hopeful they can beat that tally in 2016.

“Number-wise, I’d hope that we have more than what we had last year; last year was quite okay, but a few more this year would be great,” she said.

She also addressed the large number of shows that had to be cancelled as a result of the troublesome weather this year.

“There have been a few shows that haven’t gone ahead this year because of the weather,” she said.

“We’d hope that more come in, because some horses need their (show aggregate) points for the year and hopefully we can have some fine weather and we’ll bring them into our show and they can get the points they need.”

There have been a few shows that haven’t gone ahead this year because of the weather - Kapunda Show secretary Wendy Venning

A number of new events will feature at the show, including a Show first.

“We’ve got horses in, and for the first year the Kapunda Show is holding the interschool gymkhana, so that’s a big thing for us,” she said.

Working sheep dog trials, goats, the young farmers’ challenge and the return of the jumping dogs are usual suspects for the 2016 show.

Sturt MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan will officially open the event at noon.

For kids, the show bag trail opens at 9.30am so they can pick out their favourite of the show bags.

The Funke Feet Dance School as well as Michaela Jenke and the Zennor Boys Band will entertain at 10am.

The Barossa Pipe Band will get underway at 11.30am before the School Entertainment starts at 11.45am.

Ms Venning said the show is a fantastic family day out.

“It’s a fantastic family day where you can catch up with friends, there’s lots of children’s activities to do, and if you compete in any of the competitions then its always fun to win prizes,” she said.

Prices for entry range from $3 for children aged five to 16 years, to pensioners at $6 and an adult ticket for just $8, while kids aged under five get in free.

LAST YEAR: Some of the floral stalls at the 2015 Kapunda Show.

LAST YEAR: Some of the floral stalls at the 2015 Kapunda Show.

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