New in 2016
Grab a seat in the grandstand and watch the skill of a sheepdog at work, showing the sheep who's boss.
See Power Carver Angela Polgalze wield her chainsaw to transform a hunk of wood into a carved statue.
Don't miss our World First, farm-inspired parkour. Watch or have a go!
Don't miss what may well be a World First - farm-inspired Parkour!
Come and watch, or have a go, at Parkour with agricultural obstacles. Our unique Parkour course opens at the Friday night carnival and keeps going all day Saturday from 9am - 4pm.
So what is Parkour? It started as a French military training exercise navigating the most efficient path through an obstacle course but now it's practised all over the world, in forests and urban jungles, as a new generation experiments 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
This year we're taking the Tiny Tots and Miss Showgirl tradition and giving 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 New Super Hero, Best Family of Super Heroes, Most Fun Costume, Best Teen, Best Matching Costumes, Funniest Adult Costume and many more! 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 – see sheep shearing up close, milk our “cow” and work out whose footprints are whose! Dig for carrots to turn into a car and create pine cone creatures or even a bird feeder that you can then take home.
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 tractor, 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 our flying fox, pony rides and more - all free - in the community zone around the netball courts.
Where else can you do this for free?
Enjoy free pony rides down beside the netball courts where you'll also find more old-fashioned fun with our Flying Fox.
Also in our community area, you'll see 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
You might have seen him at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show but back home in Kyneton Farmer Darryl opens up his marvellous menagerie at no charge. This is your chance to have a pat or a cuddle with these super cute junior farm animals - for 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.