The Kiama Show might not be until the January long weekend, but Show Society Secretary Sue Granger-Holcombe says this is the busiest time of the year for the organisers.
“2018 is the Show’s 170th year, and we want to pull out all the stops to celebrate,” she says.
“We are one of the oldest shows in Australia, and are very proud of our unbroken tradition.”
The first Kiama Show was held in the grounds of the Fitzroy Inn, on Pheasant Point. The Show moved to its current location in 1897, after periods being held on the site of the current post office and at Blowhole Point.
Research undertaken at last year’s Show backs up its claim to being a major drawcard, with over 10,000 people attending across the two days. Of those, 40 per cent were locals, 40 per cent were from the Illawarra and 20 per cent were from Sydney.
Last year’s Show attracted an impressive 2,200 Pavilion entries, as well as strong competition in the cattle, horse and ring events.
“As one of the first showsof the year, and the timing before the end of the summer holidays is great for families,” says Ms Granger-Holcombe.
The first day of next year’s Show is on Australia Day, which is expected to draw even bigger crowds after a traditional Aussie experience.
“We always say we are putting Kiama on show, and this year there will be an extra emphasis on our farming heritage,” she says.
She says she is delighted with the marketing support that has been offered by the newly established Destination Kiama
Having booked the entertainment, headlined this time by the Rooftop Express Show, the Society is now looking for more sponsors to help defray the costs.
“We are very pleased to say our major sponsors – Kiama Council, Cleary Bros, Waldie & Co Accountants, Harcourts Real Estate, Kiama and Carter Ferguson – have already been joined this year by Harrigan Ford Yallah, WesTrac, Toyota and The Bugle,” says Mrs Granger-Holcombe.
“However we still need the support of more local businesses or individuals to help make the Show a success.”
Sponsorship packages offer a variety of benefits depending on the amount pledged.
“It is a great way to be seen supporting our community’s oldest institution.
“Without our sponsors, the Show wouldn’t go on.”
Another way of supporting the Show is by attending the Show Ball, which is being held on 18 November at the Leisure Centre.
Details: The 170th Kiama Show will be on 26 & 27 January. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue on 4233 1597