New in 2017
Trash Puppets are coming to town, bringing their professional puppetry skills to show you how to turn rubbish into your very own unique trash puppet to take home, for free! Fun for all ages with all materials supplied. BYO imagination and enthusiasm and help us Build a Farm out of boxes of all shapes and sizes. And we're going wild, adding Australian native wildlife to our animal roll call. Get up close for a safe ‘hands on’ wildlife experience for children and adults, with interactive workshops on the importance of all living organisms and species across our vast country.
Our FREE farming-inspired parkour was a hit in 2016 and returns this year even bigger and better as our unique parkour steps up a notch. Test your skills with all sorts of agricultural obstacles to tackle. This year there's even a separate course for younger challengers to clamber over safely. Come and watch, or have a go. It all starts with laser tag in the hay bales at the Friday night carnival then becomes parkour with a difference all day Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
And 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!
Super Hero Challenge
We've taken the Tiny Tots and Miss Showgirl tradition and given it a 21st century twist - for all ages! Come dressed as your favourite action figure or create your very own Super Hero in our playful challenge to real life violence. There will be prizes for Best Children, Best Adults and Best Original Super Hero. So wear your colours and have fun to show your support for the White Ribbon campaign to end domestic violence - whether you wear just a hint of Super Hero to the full "undies on the outside" or flying cape outfit!
No entry form required, just be at the Kids' Show ring to register at 11.30 for judging at noon. Free entry!
Entertain the little ones in our free Farm Shed with lots of new activities for the budding young farmer! See sheep being shorn and learn how a farrier trims a horse's hoof. Learn all about the many uses of eggs and herbs and plant your own to take home or have fun with our craft projects, making a wind chime to take home and more.
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. 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 explore the entire show, collecting a free lunch on the way. But be quick - these sell out fast!
Make a toy ute, a boot remover or your own invention in our craft tent and take it home - for free! We'll even brand it with a special Kyneton Show branding iron so you'll have it as a souvenir forever. There are easels and paint to make your own artwork or you can have your own face painted. You can make jewellery or relax in our reading corner. Outside, you'll find pony rides, the Lions train and more - all free - in the kids' activity zone around the netball courts.
Make a wooden toy or your own invention in our craft tent and take it home - for free!
This year we'll have all the parts you need to make your own ute or sedan. We'll even brand it with a special Kyneton Show branding iron so you'll have it as a souvenir forever!
Wildlife Gone Walkabout
We're going wild, adding Australian native wildlife to our animal roll call! Get up close for a safe ‘hands on’ wildlife experience for children and adults, with interactive workshops on the importance of all living organisms and species across our vast country.
Bushwahzee Bush Band
Melbourne's best bush dance band comes to the country!
Bushwahzee specialises in songs and dances that get their audiences involved so come along and join in as they work their magic between 11.30am and 2.30pm.
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
Farmer Darryl opens up his marvellous menagerie giving you a chance to have a pat, a cuddle or a selfie with these super cute junior farm animals - all free. Don't forget to say hi to Farmer Darryl!
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 loom bands; from jams and chutneys to best decorated wooden spoon and sculptures made from farm junk. Experience the buzz as the crowds rush in to see their entries on display - and to find out who's won.
All is revealed when the Pavilion opens at 10am on Show Day! Tempted to try your luck? There really is a category for everyone. Go to our Pavilion page to discover all the ways you can enter and experience the thrill of seeing your efforts on display at a country show.
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.