SHOW SOCIETY BACKGROUND
Mudgee Show traces its beginnings to 1846 when
the first show was held at the site of today's Robertson
Park in the township of Mudgee, New South Wales.
The Mudgee Show Society was
founded in 1880. The first parcel of Mudgee Showground was
obtained in 1881 and expanded by a second grant in November
1893. The Mudgee Show Society is a volunteer organisation
dedicated to keeping the tradition of country agricultural
shows alive by providing the community with an outlet to
display and view the stock, crafts and produce of the district
on a truly local family entertainment day.
The Mudgee Show today reflects
the revival of interest in the country lifestyle, particularly
the diverse variety of country lifestyles and occupations
available in the Mudgee region. The Mudgee Show is our district
on exhibition. It promotes not only the fine produce from
the area, the talent of local craftspeople, and the expertise
of local animal husbandry; the Mudgee Show shows off the
people of Mudgee and surrounding region to their greatest
advantage. The number of visitors to the Mudgee Show is
usually in excess of 6000.
The Mudgee Show Society places
a strong emphasis on education with loads of hand-on activities
and experiences for the children and youth in our community,
and by encouraging interaction with the local high school
in relation to Arts & Crafts as well as Agriculture,
Design, and Food Technology.
Established in 1846, it is
the second oldest continually operating show society in
NSW after Hawkesbury (established in 1845). Since its inception,
it has staged the annual show for the benefit of the greater
community and has become an integral part in the life of
Mudgee and the region.
An early photo of the Mudgee Showground taken from Flirtation