The Dorrigo Show 2018

By November 6, 2018Latest News

With thanks to the Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun 5th November 2018:

Only 16 days until the start of Dorrigo’s 2018 Show (November 23-25) and officials are offering two and a half days of nonstop entertainment.

With a theme of ‘Back in Time’ woven throughout the weekend, 2018 may outdo last year’s show of the decade.

For the first time Dorrigo Show will be almost fully online with patrons encouraged to enter and inquire via Internet.

The show office opens onsite on November 12 with staff available to handle inquiries, hard copy entries and membership.

Nearly 600 individuals and families already are paid up members and many more are expected before November 23.

There are many new sections, and a big one is the Fruit and Vegie Art with generous prize money. Full details of these are available via our website:

There will be a special section for men who are keen to test their skills as cooks, a fashion parade, kids whip cracking and, probably unique to Dorrigo, a Lime auction after the Grand Parade.

Kids and families are challenged to dress up a scarecrow or a wheelbarrow, with good prizes for each.

ATM and Eftpos will be available on the ground.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the events on each day:

FRIDAY, November 23:

The show begins at 1pm with the Junior Beef sections boasting increased entries.

The Bull Rides begin at 7 pm with bulls from the Matthew Doak stable Bundarra and riders from 11 years to open classes. Riders can register and pay online

Last year more than 1,100 fans crammed the arena for a night of superb entertainment. Admission is $10 adults, $5 school age kids and members free, dinner is available and a bar will operate.

SATURDAY November 24:

The Dorrigo Show’s Woodchop Competition begins at 10 a.m. attracting axemen from across northern NSW and beyond competing in underhand, standing block and tree felling

In the ring there will be Thoroughbreds, Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses, Arabs, Brumbies, Stock, and Quarter Horses, Ponies and Miniature Ponies and a Tent Pegging Demo.

Kids will go on a Treasure Hunt and someone will win $100 guessing the weight of the fat bullock.

Judging will continue throughout the morning in a large beef show featuring 13 different breeds, dairy classes, plus poultry, the pavilion sections and many other events.


An official Opening at 2pm will include the Showgirl announcement, Lime Auction and Chainsaw sculpture auction.

Everyone coming to the show is invited to wear Back in Time clothes and participants will be invited to parade their best gear about 12 noon.

Later, kelpies and cattle dogs will decide who’s the best on cattle in the Bush Dog trials and youngsters will show everyone how to crack a stockwhip.

Saturday afternoon continues with the Heritage Horse Challenge, and the Australian Stock Horse Challenge. The Harness and Novelty horse events are always a family favourite.

Industry-related trade stands are always worth a visit. Check out the latest equipment and best deals and don’t forget Side Show alley.

Saturday night ends with a monster fireworks display.

SUNDAY, November 25:

Highlights include a brass band recital with musos from across the region and Dorrigo Public School Concert Choirs singing childhood favourites.

Local land holders will have the opportunity to enter their best cattle in the Commercial Beef Section

Later will be the Ute Show sections with Best Vintage Ute, Best Ute “Gone Wild”, Best Parade Ute.

Every year the Main Pavilion is filled with local produce, artwork, and handicrafts, 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.

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