Enjoy the Plateau's Finest
Traditional country shows are rare these days, so be sure to take the kids to the Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Show. Its quality exhibits, delicious food stalls, and old-world charm make it a great day out for the whole family. Come for the whole three days!
There will be displays of Poultry, Home Brew, Fine Art, Show Jumping, Motor Bikes, and much, much more! Fairground rides and many food stalls are open throughout the Show.
Step Back in Time
“Back in Time” is Dorrigo Show’s theme for 2018. Get into the spirit of the weekend by digging out something to wear from times past. Strut your stuff in the Back-in-Time Fashion Parade on Saturday afternoon before the Grand Parade.
From Classes in the pavilion to vintage vehicles, and a steam engine called “Primrose”, it will all be at the Show.
The Show kicks off at 1pm with the Junior Beef sections. In 2016, the Show highlighted the Beef Industry, and the competition attracted farmers from across the region. Even more entries are likely in 2018. Be sure also to see the Dairy and Commercial Beef sections on Saturday and Sunday. The Dorrigo Plateau has long been famous for its dairies, so it’s no wonder the Jersey and Holstein Friesian exhibits are always stunning.
Don’t miss the thrills, spills, and bucking bulls at the rodeo. Competitors will face up to 30 bulls from Matthew Doak Bucking Bulls, Bundarra. These will include 10 to 15 “mini” bulls for the under-16 years events, specially bred to meet the height limitations required for junior riders. Rodeo classes will include Open and Novice bull rides, 14-to-under-18 steer ride, 8-to-under-11 poddy ride, 8-to-under-11 mini bull ride, and 11-to-under-14 mini bull ride. Tickets for the Rodeo are $10; free for Show Society members. The action starts at 7pm.
Rodeo competitors: There are some generous cash prizes to be won! Follow this link for registration and fees.
The Dorrigo Show’s Woodchop Competition is a must-see. In pioneering days, the Plateau was famous for its cedar and rosewood logging, and the tradition continues. Dressed in team colours, the axemen will make the chips fly! See them compete from 10am.
Saturday and Sunday includes a full program of Showjumping events, horse judging and horse riding competitions.
Ring 1 - Thoroughbreds, Guy Fawkes Heritage, and Arabs
Ring 2 - Brumbies, Stock, and Quarter Horses
Ring 3 - Ponies and Miniature Ponies
Kids can join in a Treasure Hunt, and everyone can have a go at winning $100 by guessing the weight of the Fat Bullock.
Get yourself a ringside seat for the Grand Parade and Official Opening at 2pm.
Then watch the kelpies and cattle dogs flaunt their skills herding sheep and steers at the Bush Dog Trials.
Around 4pm, there’s a Whip-cracking Competition for the kids. And don’t forget to snare a few tickets in the Raffle.
Saturday afternoon continues with the best riders competing in The Heritage Horse Challenge, and the Australian Stock Horse Challenge. The Harness and Novelty horse events are always a family favourite.
There will be a good line-up of industry-related trade stands too. Check out the latest equipment and best deals.
And, it wouldn’t be a Dorrigo Show without the Saturday night fireworks display. Fireworks starts just after 8pm.
Enjoy morning tea at the Luncheon Pavilion and hear the musicians from 10.30am.
Musicians from across the region will join forces in a Brass Band, and the Dorrigo Public School Concert Choirs will sing some childhood favourites.
Later in the morning, the Ute Show sections begin, with Best Vintage Ute, and Best Ute “Gone Wild” (you’ll be amazed these utes are still going). There’s also Best Parade Ute and Best Ute ‘n’ Dog… (the dog usually determines the winner).
Every year the Main Pavilion is filled with local produce, artwork, and handicrafts, with displays of flowers, jams, cakes, needlework, and much more.
The Dorrigo Plateau is renowned for its visual artists, and their paintings fill up two walls of the Pavilion (artworks are for sale). The Pavilion is open both Saturday and Sunday.
From Sunday lunchtime, popular musician John Peppercorn will entertain the crowds, with the Motor Bike Time Trials making a noisy finish to the weekend!
What to Eat and Where to Stay
For foodies, there are plenty of food stalls to sample over the weekend, including a bar area during the Rodeo. Marie’s Place (Fernbrook Road Gate) opens at 5pm on Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, the Luncheon Pavilion serves traditional Ploughman’s Lunches and Devonshire Teas.
If you're looking for a place to stay for the weekend, you could book into one of the 21 B&Bs across the Plateau. There's also the Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo, and the Lookout Mountain Retreat. Camping is available at the Showgrounds, while the Dorrigo Mountain Resort Caravan Park is only a short drive away.
Show society members
With family memberships and discount rates available, by far the cheapest way to experience all three days of the show is to become a member of the Dorrigo Show Society.
$50 per day
Two adults + four children
$15 per day
$10 per day
Children/students 6-18 years
(Children under 6 years: Free)
Credit card facilities are available at all three gates.