The Kyneton Agricultural Show is one of Victoria’s best little country shows – just an hour's drive from Melbourne. All the fun of the fair starts with a carnival on Friday night, best for teens and older kids, with more cool stuff than ever! Our FREE farming-inspired parkour was a hit in 2016 and returns this year even bigger and better, starting as a laser tag course on the Friday night! Test your skills on The Meltdown, where you have to duck and jump to miss the swinging bars at ever increasing speed to avoid wipeout! Fortunately, it's all inflatable so it's harmless fun for all ages - all free! Plus side shows, rides and fabulous fireworks.
Saturday is Show Day and a chance to be part of the long tradition of agricultural shows with some 21st century improvements with an old-fashioned entry price and no need to spend another cent inside. We're famous for all our free activities! Don't miss our unique parkour with hay bales, tractors and all sorts of agricultural obstacles to tackle - with a separate course for little legs to clamber over safely. The old-favourites are as good as ever - champion chooks, the biggest dog show outside the Royal Melbourne, while tiny ponies, magnificent stallions, work horses and their carriages compete for best in show on the main oval. Don't forget the packed pavilion where you'll see the best of country cooking, knitting, needlework, farm produce, flowers and photography as well as acres of children's artwork, Lego and craft plus the creative re-use of farm junk in the inspiring AgArt section.
The Kids' Activity Zone has hours of free fun starring new additions the Trash Puppets who'll show you how to transform rubbish into puppetry! The little ones love The Farm Shed where they can make a wind chime to take home and more. Farmer Darryl is a favourite with his animal nursery, where you can get up close and cuddle the cutest creatures. Paint a masterpiece, get crafty or hammer out a ute, a boot remover or your own creation to take home - at no cost. Plus there are pony rides, the Lions train, face painting, jewellery making and more - all FREE!
Get in quick to grab our treasure hunt show bag - possibly the best value in the State! - where you collect goodies and lunch as you explore everything the show has to offer. It's a day full of fun for all, for just $30 a family.
A public meeting of farmers of the district decided to form the Kyneton Agricultural Association on October 29, 1856. The association's first event was a ploughing match was held on the St Agnes Farm on Wednesday, August 5, 1857 with a handsome first prize of 8 pounds for the winning team of horses and 7 pounds for the bullock team.
The Association met every fortnight and quickly decided to establish a Showgrounds to hold its annual ploughing match as well as an Exhibition of Stock and Grains. By 1857 it had successfully lobbied the State Government and was given five acres opposite where the old Kyneton Hospital still stands today. A Grain Show was held in March 1858, awarding prizes for wheat, barley, oats, hay, poultry dairy produce and vegetables. The new grounds were quickly fenced, cattle stalls and pens built to hold the First Annual Exhibition of Stock and Implements on November 10, 1858. This was the very first Kyneton Agricultural Show - a tradition which continues to this day.
In 1886 the show was moved to the Kyneton racecourse for several years before a final move to our current location in 1920 when the Society bought 20 acres from Mr Geo Hall - almost an entire township block. Farmers came to town with teams of horses, ploughs and more to grade and level the ground to establish a sports arena. The Grand Stand was built in 1930. The Kyneton Show was held every year until 1942 when the Defence Department commandeered the Showgrounds for military purposes during World War II. The show resumed as soon as the Showgrounds were returned to the Society after the war. The 2017 show will be the 157th Kyneton Show.
We joke when someone joins the committee that they're in for life - and that's not far from the truth! We love The Kyneton Show and it does seem to inspire incredible commitment from our many volunteers on Show Day and our committee who work hard all year to make each show even bigger and better than the one before. We honour the exceptional effort of our most dedicated volunteers with the special honour of Life Membership. Our Life Members are: