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The Grafton Show runs from Friday 19th to Saturday 20th April 2024. Gates open from 9am.

Show Competition Entries are now OPEN – Enter NOW!

2024 GRAFTON SHOW PRICING

GRAFTON SHOW MEMBERSHIP FEES for 2024

Memberships will be available from the Show Office from 1st February 2024 until Thursday 18th April 2024 between 10am and 2pm Wednesdays and Fridays and during Show Week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Type of Membership:

Member paid up for Life$ 300
Member$ 25
Member and Guest$ 40
Pensioner Member$ 20
Pensioner Member and Guest$ 35
Member’s Children under 18 years$ 10
Children under 5 yearsFree

GROUP CONCESSION PASSES for 2024

Group Concession Passes (Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities, Disability Organisations etc)Friday Show Day Only – Group of 6 persons or more = $12 per person including carers

PLEASE NOTE:
◆ Memberships & Group Concessions to be purchased at Show Office from 1st February to 18th April 2024

SHOW GATE ENTRY for 2024

Adult$ 20
Pensioner$ 15
Family (as per Medicare Card)$ 45
Children under 18 years$ 10
Children under 5 yearsFree

SHOW GATE ENTRY PURCHASED ONLINE for 2024

SHOW GATE ENTRY PURCHASED ONLINE FOR 2024Discounted Online Tickets can be purchased until 11th April 2024 prior to the Show.
Adult$ 18
Pensioner$ 13
Family (as per Medicare Card)$ 40
Children under 18 years$ 8

PLEASE NOTE:
◆ NO VEHICLES without vehicle passes.
◆ Every person pays entrance to grounds including competitors/exhibitors.
◆ Postage (if paying via post or direct deposit) $2
Member Tickets entitle you to receive PASS OUTS for the duration of the Show
Pass outs are to be available to all patrons.

Click here to purchase tickets to the Grafton Show

About

The 2024 Grafton Show brings the Clarence Valley community together, showcasing the region’s rural activities and interests.

This year’s Grafton Show will be held on 19th April & 20th April and will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on both days.

You can enjoy an impressive display of Art; Craft, Cooking; Decorated Cakes; Preserves; Floral Art; Pot Plants; Cut Flowers; Needlework & Fibrecraft; Patchwork, Quilting & Sewing; Photography; Scrapbooking; Home Brew; Schoolwork and much more in the unique heritage listed Barn. And who can resist the delicious morning and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream made by the CWA ladies?

Further features of the show include sideshows with exciting rides, food stalls, exhibitions, farm displays, equestrian events, and the Grafton Show Young Woman (Showgirl) & Man of the Land Competition.

Other attractions include Trade Exhibits, Demolition Derby, Clarence River Championship Woodchop, Young Farmers Challenge, and Blacksmiths’ Working Exhibition.

Also check out displays from the Gem Club and exhibits of Farm Produce, Poultry, Cage Birds, Alpaca and Beef Cattle.

The main arena showcases the Equestrian events, including led and ridden classes featuring a variety of horse and pony breeds, show jumping, hack and rider classes, The Grafton Young Woman (Showgirl) & Man of the Land competition will be announced on Friday with the presentation taking place in the main arena on Saturday during the official opening of the Show.

… and remember to get your show bags to keep kids of all ages entertained, and don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night show finale!

Truly an event packed with something for all the family – with lots of activities and fun. Save time by purchasing your tickets online or purchase your tickets at the gate – you will be sure to enjoy the 2024 Grafton Show.

Show Features & Events

SHOW FEATURES & EVENTS
GRAFTON SHOW 19th & 20TH APRIL 2024
Download The 2024 Grafton Show Program Here
(New Program arrives 18th April 2024)

eNTERTAINMENT IN THE MAIN RING

♦   The Man from Snowy River
♦    Showjumping & other equestrian events
♦    Young Farmer Challenge
♦    Monster fireworks
♦    Demolition Derby 
♦    Young Farmer Challenge





sideshows & around the ground


♦   Showman’s Guild Attractions
♦   Blacksmithing Display
♦   Reptile World (see demonstration times below)
♦   Animal Nursery
♦   Native Bees & Honey Bee Honey Extraction Demonstration
♦   Wood Chop Events
♦   Showgirl Competition
♦   Young Farmer Challenge
♦   Alpaca Fleece Colourbration





main pavilion (‘the barn’)

♦   Aged Care   
♦   Arts & Crafts Competition & Display
♦   Cooking Competition & Display
♦   Craft Competition & Display
♦   Cut Flowers & Plants Competition & Display
♦   Decorated Cakes Display
♦   Fine Arts
♦   Floral Art Display
♦   Home Brew Competition Display
♦   Needlework & Fibrecraft Competition
♦   Patchwork, Quilting & Sewing Competition
♦   Photography Competition & Display
♦   Pot Plants Competition & Display
♦   Preserves Competition & Display
♦   Schoolwork Competition & Display
♦   Scrapbooking Display
♦   Trade Exhibits
♦   CWA Fresh Scones With Jam & Cream , Tea, Coffee, Light Snacks





agriculture pavilion

♦   Farm Produce Competition & Display





TRADE pavilion

♦   Cage Birds Competition & Display





Gem club shed

♦   Open To The Public, All Welcome!
♦   Member Display Cases
♦   Private Collections Of Crystals & Minerals
♦   Lapidary Stone Work Including Cabochons
♦   Wholesale Jewellery Sales Direct To The Public
♦   Hand Made Silver Jewellery
♦   Silversmithing Demonstrations
♦   Gemstone Faceting Demonstrations
♦   Bring In Your Favourite Unknown Gemstone For Identification





poultry pavilion (‘the chook shed’)

♦   Poultry Competition & Display





ALPACA SHED

♦   Alpaca’s On Display
♦   Major Halter Competition (Saturday)
♦   Alpaca Fleece Competition Display
♦   Alpaca Industry Information
♦   Spinning, Knitting, Crochet & Felting Demonstrations
♦   Variety of Alpaca Product For Sale
♦   Huge Quilt display of renown quilter Chris Timmins





around the showground

♦   Foods Stalls
♦   Trade Exhibitors
♦   Community Organisations
♦   Beef Cattle
♦   Horses
♦   Sideshow Alley
♦   Young Woman (Showgirl), Junior Showgirl, Tween Showgirl, Man of the Land and Boy of the Barn competition





more information – specific events


reptile world display

Steve McEwan’s Reptile World’s mobile display is an informative, entertaining and educational exhibit featuring a range of Australian reptiles.

As a spectator at our show you will be introduced to a large Black Headed Python, an iconic Australian native lizard, and a host of venomous snakes.

Besides showcasing our awesome critters, our presenter will explain to you some simple steps on how to best avoid a snake bite and the most up to date
and correct method for snake bite first aid in the unlikely event of a bite.

You will have the unique chance to see up close some of the world’s most venomous snakes in complete safety.

Regular Shows will be run between: 10:30am & 5pm.

Competition Information & Entry

Please note our Entry Forms and associated documentation are now fillable forms or links as indicated.  Exhibitors can either fill in the entry form/document, save, then email to the Show Office as an attachment; fill in and print out to send with entries; or print out the blank form and fill it in manually.


agriculture pavilion – Farm produce, fruit & veg 2024

If you can grow it, then chances are you can enter it in the Farm Produce + Fruit, Vegetables & Nuts competition.

Farm produce includes but is not limited to cane, maize, soy beans, potato & squash, right up to the heaviest giant pumpkin. Also melons, eggs, or any other form produce of your choice!

Fruit, Vegetables & Nuts classes include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, garlic, bananas, macadamias, custard apples + 100 other categories….. or bring along something from your garden not in the list.

There is also decorated fruit & vegetables, most unusual fruit or vegetable, or bring in your own collection of fresh fruit &/vegetables to display as a collection.

Honey! Those into Apiculture, bring in your golden nectars – classes include light, golden, dark, Manuka, creamed & candied honeys. Also honeycomb frames & candles made from bees wax.

There are also sections especially for junior entrants.

Get your gardening gloves on…..

Organically grown produce is welcome!

ScheduleEntry Link

alpaca & fleece *** display only for 2024 ***

Come and Pat a Paca!

The Alpaca Pavilion will be full of everything related to Alpacas.
There will be information about the Alpaca Industry & livestock on display.

Demonstrations of spinning, knitting, crochet, felting will take place during the show, with a variety of Alpaca product for sale.
Huge Quilt display of renown quilter Chris Timmins sets the background atmosphere of the Alpaca Pavilion.

Schedule 2022 (For Reference Only)
art 2024

Express your own creativity and imagination by entering the Grafton Show Art Competition.

This can be via painting with mediums of various types through to sculpturing to product a thing of beauty or to convey a message.

There are 43 different classes in this year’s Art Competition, spanning Landscape, Seascape, Portrait, Still Life, Drawing, Nature Study, Abstract, and Collage.

There are Open sections, as well as Novice, Junior 5 Years and Under 8 Years, Junior 8 and under 12 Years, Junior 12 and under 16 Years, Junior 16 and under 18 years, Person with disability, & Aged care facilities/rehabilitation centres/hostels.

ScheduleEntry Link
cattle 2024

Caters for different Breeds & Age Classes of Cattle.

ScheduleEntry Form
Waiver 1Waiver 2
Declaration
cageD birds 2024

The Cage Birds Competition is aimed at promoting good Aviculture practices, and is open to both adults and children with an interest in raising, breeding and showing birds.

The competition judging is carried out by the Clarence River Caged Bird Club, which was formed some 55 years ago.

The competition also encourages conservation and education of bird species.

ScheduleEntry LinkEntry Form
cooking 2024

Cooking is the art of preparing food (ie. cakes, biscuits etc) suitable for a function, home use or a gift to someone. It is the art of combining, mixing, and or cooking ingredients to make an edible item.

ScheduleEntry Link
CRAFT 2024

Craft is an applied form of art reflecting the constructive imagination through a medium of textile, decorative, wool, paper etc to assemble a garnet, object, jewellery etc.

ScheduleEntry Link
CUT Flowers 2024

Enter the floral pride of your garden into the Grafton Show Cut Flower Competition.

Varieties ranging from Chrysanthemums to Daisies to Gerberas to Roses – with many others in between.

Also don’t forget the Australian Natives Class Group which includes Grevillea & Banksia Flowers.

A special junior age group also exists for budding young Floriculturists (pun intended!), making this a great competition to enter for all age groups.

ScheduleEntry Link
decorated cakes 2024

Decorated Cakes is the art of using icing, sugar art, and decorative edible elements to make a plain cake attractive.

Cake decorating dates back to the mid 17th century in Europe for displays and banquets.

ScheduleEntry Link
demolition derby 2023 *** 2024 coming soon ***

The Grafton Show Demolition Derby is shaping up to become an annual favourite in the main ring.

Skilled drivers match their wits, metal, and burning rubber, competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another.

Tons of car crashing, engine revving, dirt-flying fun with more than a variety of cars & drivers. Not just fun for REV heads, but the whole family as well! 

Rules & RegulationsNomination FormWaiver Form
floral art 2024

Floral Art is the arrangement of flowers, foliage, and plant materials, with or without embellishment to tell a story that is eye catching and balanced.
 
The art of floristry is known to have been used as far back in time as Ancient Egypt.
 
In show work, the schedule will determine themes, the rest is up to the exhibitors imagination.
 
The schedule for the Grafton Show is divided into five sections covering Open, Novice, Secondary School, Primary School, and Infant School.

Please check the schedule for the section and class/es that suit your talent. 

ScheduleEntry Form
GOATS 2024
ScheduleEntry Form
Home Brewing 2024


The Grafton Brewing Competition attracts entries from the Clarence Valley and around Australia. It is open to all amateur brewers regardless of whether you are a novice or seasoned expert.

Those entering will receive constructive written feedback on your beers (which can be used to improve them should you wish to do so).

The Grafton Brewing Comp can also serve as a practice run for those planning to enter the various state competitions held later in the year, leading up to the national comp.

Classes cover most styles of beer, but also include ‘Beverages other than Beer’, and ‘Brew Foods’.

Program BookletEntry Form 2024
Beer Style Categories & Descriptions (2024)
ONLY For Those Entering Brewing Classes 1.01 – 18.09

Brewing Competition Results 2022 & 2023

horse 2024
ScheduleWaiver
Entry LinkShowjumping Entry
Lapidary 2024

Do you make your own Jewellery or Pendants? Then why not enter the Grafton Show Lapidary competition? Classes include Cabochons of various sizes (standard and freeform) as well as Jewellery made from Cabochons.

Additional classes include Handmade pendants (set/unset), Silversmithing work of various forms, Faceted Gemstones (Novice and Open Sections) & Beading jewellery and Enamelling works.

Judging is carried out by the Grafton Gem Club.

ScheduleEntry Link
needlework 2024

Needlework is the art of decorative work with needle and thread to embroider. It also includes knitting and needlepoint. Anything requiring a needle of any sort is needlework.

ScheduleEntry Form
Entry LinkTiny Square Shetland
Shawl Instructions
patchwork, quilting & sewing 2024

Patchwork Quilting dates back to the Pharoh’s times over 3,000 BC. Back then, armour was made by quilting heavy fabrics together. In the 17th century bed quilt covers began to evolve.

Let your individual patchwork creation tell a story using colour, design and techniques at the Grafton Show.

ScheduleEntry Link
photography 2024

No matter what your age, we would love to see you enter your pictures in the Grafton Show Photographic Competition!

Younger people are especially encouraged to become involved by entering a photo or two.

There are classes suitable for age groups starting from 8 years, all the way to 70 years and beyond.

An array of subject matter is suitable to enter this year, including, Landscape, People, Still Life, Animal, Bird and Insect Studies, and the special “Country Life – Celebrating the 150th Grafton Agricultural Show” class.

Images may be colour or black and white, but all are required to be printed in the 8 x 10 (200mmx 250mm) size to be displayed.

For specific details and information see the Photography Schedule below.

ScheduleEntry Link
pot plants 2024

Pot Plants (house plants) are any plants that are suitable to grow in a pot indoors or in a warm, dry environment. Early history records the civilisations of Egypt, India, China and Rome having potted plants in their environments.

ScheduleEntry Link
poultry 2024

The Grafton Poultry Club encourages breeders of all ages to enter this year’s competition.

The younger generation are especially encouraged to enter, with a special grouping being setup for those under the age of 15.

Classes cover most poultry breeds, ranging from Softfeather Bantams to Waterfowl, and including not only ‘chooks’ but also Geese, Turkeys, and Ducks.

Judging is done to the Australian Poultry Standard.

Checkout the schedule below for this ‘eggs-traordinary’ competition for a full listing of all classes.

ScheduleEntry Form
preserves 2024

Preserving fruit and vegetables dates back to the early Roman times, as dried fruit was looked on as a delicacy, altho the art of drying food dates back as early as 12,000BC in the hot sun.

Jam and jelly making along with pickling evolved from the necessity of keeping food (preserving) for long periods of time and the art has survived and thrived to the present day.

ScheduleEntry FormEntry Link
schoolwork 2024

The Stewards of the Main Pavilion encourage all Primary Schools in the Valley to enter this prestigious annual competition.

The Schoolwork Competition aims to allow students to demonstrate their resourcefulness by combining their imagination and artistic abilities to produce an artwork worthy of being presented to the show and displayed in the main Pavilion when the show is running.

“The theme this year is Autumn in the Clarence Valley“, says Chief Steward Yvonne Robards, “And I encourage all Primary schools to compete for the perpetual trophy, with one lucky school being declared the winner”.

ScheduleEntry Link
scrapbooking 2024

Scrapbooking or (‘book of scraps’) as it was known in early history, evolved from keeping items of memorabilia in a Bible or loose leaf book.

The actual term ‘scrapbook’ evolved in the 1800’s referring to a book with blank pages.

With the invention of the camera and photography, scrapbooking took on a more vibrant and personalised endeavour for the creator.

ScheduleEntry Link
woodchop *** 2024 coming soon ***
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To enter, refer to schedule

Grafton ‘Show Girl’ & Related

Applications are now open for the 2023 Young Woman, Junior Showgirl, Tween Showgirl, Man of the Land and Boy of the Barn Competitions

For all enquiries and application packages, please contact our Co-Ordinator Carmell Sanne on 66427309 during business hours or the Show Office on 66422240

Completed applications can be emailed to secretary@graftonshow.com.au & can also be handed personally to the Show Office during Office Hours Wednesday and Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm and also to the Hope Chest, Prince Street, Grafton during Business Hours.

grafton young woman 2023
  • The aim of the Grafton Young Woman Competition is to find a person to represent the Clarence Valley and the young women of NSW.
  • Our successful Grafton Young Woman will represent Clarence Pastoral & Agricultural Society at the Zone 1 Final, and if successful, will contest the NSW State level of The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition.
  • Candidates will be required to attend an official Meet & Greet and judging prior to the show.
  • Judging will be based on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general and local rural knowledge, presentation and speech.
  • Grafton Young Woman Competition will be announced during the Grand Parade and Official Opening of the 2023 Grafton Show.
  • Grafton Young Woman winner will be entitled to sponsorship of cash awards, and a range of locally sponsored goods.
  • Grafton entrants in the Young Woman Competition are eligible to enter for two years only.
  • Entrants who have been placegetters in the State Finals are not eligible to re-enter.

THE LAND SYDNEY ROYAL SHOWGIRL COMPETITION 2023 CONDITIONS AND GUIDELINES

  • Entrants must be women aged from 18 to under 24 years as at 1st May, 2023.
  • The Competition is open to those who are permanent residents of Australia.
  • Entrants must reside, be educated, or work within NSW for at least 3 months prior to their local Showgirl Competition to qualify to compete within the State.
  • Only candidates nominated by an Agricultural Show Society are eligible for Zone & State Final judging.
  • Previous entrants in the Showgirl Competition are eligible to enter, however, they are not to have been one of the first, second or third placegetters in a previous State Final.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to enter the Showgirl Competition:
    • Staff, Directors and Councilors of both the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) and Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC)
    • Daughters of the Staff, Directors and Councilors of the RAS and ASC
    • Current Rural Achievers applicants for the 2023 Sydney Royal Show
  • Winning entrants who are employed or engaged in full time studies will be required to obtain a leave of absence to attend Zone and State Final Judging.
  • All entrants are to abide by the Showgirls’ Code of Conduct as set out by the RAS and the ASC when acting as an ambassador for the RAS, ASC or their local Show Society.
Entry Form AEntry Form B
JUNIOR SHOWGIRL 2023
Entry Form
tween showgirl 2023
Entry Form
mAN OF THE LAND 2023
Entry Form
boy of the barn 2023
Entry Form
key dates

♦ Judging Sat 1st April 2023
♦ Afternoon Tea – South Grafton Bowling Club – 2pm
♦ Showgirl Announced Friday Night 6pm.
♦ Girls will be introduced to crowd at the Saturday Show Opening.
♦ Entries close 25th March 2023

Refer enquiries to Carmell Sanne, The Hope Chest, 0266427309