Paddy's Magnificent Roving Bikes
Come and see Paddy and his latest creation. We have commissioned him to create an agricultural bike for the show! What sort of wonderful and wacky bike is Paddy going to bring along this year?
It’s all down on the netball courts, in the middle of our kids’ zone where you’ll find hours of free fun.
Our FREE farming-inspired parkour is an old-fashioned obstacle course with a contemporary twist that's a hit with kids of all ages. There's a separate course for younger challengers to clamber over safely while longer legs love leaping over our series of agricultural obstacles. Come and watch, or have a go. It all starts with laser tag in the hay bales at the Friday night carnival then becomes country parkour all day Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
If you're wondering, parkour started as a French military training exercise navigating the most efficient path through an obstacle course. It's now practised all over the world, in forests and urban jungles, with all kinds of moves, from the tic-tac to the gap jump, and a philosophy that every obstacle can be overcome!
Come and visit the Farm Shed and get your green thumbs working! There will be all sorts of things to create, learn about and take part in. Get up close and see a sheep being shorn by our clever shearer and guess - Whose Poo? There's lots for the little ones to learn, and do, with plenty of fun craft projects and best of all it’s ALL FREE!
BYO animal and enter the charming children’s pet parade. Entry is free so bring your favourite non-human friend. We've had goats, a pair of blue tongue lizards and a giant cockroach as contenders along with cute cats, dressed up dogs and more! There are 4 categories: Pet sheep, goat or calf; Pet Dog; Any other pet animal; and Best Decorated Pet.
First prize in each class wins $5 and every entrant is awarded a ribbon. Best in Show wins the Jack Willmott Memorial Ribbon in honour of our long-time judge, the late, great Jack. No entry form is required - just be at the Kids' Show Ring by 10.30am for judging.
Treasure Hunt Showbag
This may well be the best value show bag in the state! Buy the bag just inside the front gate and fill it with goodies as you follow the treasure hunt clues and discover every part of the show as you explore, collecting a free lunch on the way.
Be quick - these sell out fast!
In the big white marquee on the netball court you’ll find loads of free craft activities to keep the kids entertained for hours! There's free face painting plus easels and paint to make your own artwork and craft workshops, just for kids - all materials supplied. Anna from LITTLE THINK BIG will be on hand to help kids create their very own masterpiece from recycled materials. Kyneton Handweavers and Spinners will be teaching kids to weave with recycled hay band. You’ll also find the Transition Hub and make your own Boomerang Bag to use time and again.
The Farm Workshop
Kids of all ages, mums and dads, love getting handy with hammer and screwdriver in The Farm Workshop.
Make your own truck or storage box, branded with the Kyneton Show logo so you'll have it as a souvenir forever! Or create your own invention. Whatever you make you can take it home - for free!
Full of Flight – Birds of Prey
Get up close and personal with raptors including the Peregrine Falcon, Australian Kestrel, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Masked Owl, Barking Owl and a Wedge-Tailed Eagle.
There will be opportunities to have photos with these magnificent birds of prey. Weather permitting there will also be a flight display. Don't miss this amazing free attraction.
Where else can you do this for free?
Enjoy free pony rides down beside the netball courts where you'll also find the bright red Lions Club Train which will be taking passengers all day - no ticket required! You might even see Captain Koala making a guest appearance with our friends from the Country Fire Authority.
Farmer Darryl's Animal Nursery
He may be the most famous farmer in the state, starring at the Royal Melbourne Show each year, but Farmer Darryl saves a special place for his home-town show where he opens up his marvellous menagerie for free.
Get up close for a pat, a cuddle or a selfie with these super cute junior farm animals and don't miss story time with Darryl and Polly!
The Pavilion has been at the heart of the Kyneton Show since the very first competition in 1858 and it's never been bigger with more than 2,000 entries and growing! You'll see everything from the best country baking and champion rose to biggest vegetable; from knitting and needlework to Lego and best decorated pet rock; from jams and chutneys to clever craft, amazing art and stunning photography.
The Pavilion will be open during the Friday night carnival as well as all day Show Day. Tempted to try your luck? While Best in Show is an honour, the fun is just being part of a proud country tradition. See the Pavilion page for hundreds of categories to choose from. There really is a category for everyone!
This Farm Needs a Farmer
When Melissa Connors and her family moved from Melbourne to buy their dream farm, they didn't know what they didn't know! And when many farmers retire, they reluctantly leave the land and downsize or move to town with no outlet to exercise all their knowledge and expertise. This Farm Needs a Farmer wants to bring these two groups together, to help these enthusiastic new farmers learn from old hands, many who are retired and with time to spare to share all the practicalities they've learned over a lifetime.
Come and find out more, whether you're a farmer willing to pass on a little of what you know or you're new to the land and eager to learn or perhaps even just thinking about making your own Farm Change.
Are you game? This is the thrill seeking corner of the show if if you like your rides wild and fast, spinning high.
There's also fun on solid ground if dodgem cars are more your speed plus there are prizes to be won in sideshow alley, show bags, fairy floss and all your fast food favourites.
There are almost 20 community group at the show each year, raising funds and awareness for the amazing work they do in our community. Come and meet these wonderful volunteers and find out what they’ve got to offer on Show Day.