Royal Adelaide Show returns for 2021

After a year away, The Royal Adelaide Show is making a triumphant comeback with expectations on a high.

One of Adelaide’s most beloved events, The Royal Adelaide Show, is making a triumphant come back this year after coming to a grinding halt in September of last year.

Planning is well underway for this year’s highly anticipated event with the show gates planned to open on Saturday 4 September for nine days of fun and entertainment, including two full weekends.

Excitement for this year is building, following the show’s cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic making it only the fifth cancellation of the event in its 181-year history, seeing past cancellations due to WWI and WWII, along with the Victorian Gold Rush in 1852 and the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic.

Competition entries have now started to open, with many of the 60 sections now officially accepting entries online hoping to see record breaking numbers of entries after a year of slumber for the iconic Royal Show following the third highest number in history in 2019 applicants.

Royal Adelaide Show Wayville, South Australia Photo: John Krüger
Royal Adelaide Show Wayville, South Australia Photo: John Krüger
Royal Adelaide Show Wayville, South Australia Photo: John Krüger

General Manager Michelle Hocking said that expectations are high for this year’s competitive entries.

“2020 saw many of us spending more time at home, which for some meant the opportunity develop hobbies and passions such as cooking, art and craft, gardening. We’re anticipating that these renewed interests will flow into the Show’s competitive sections,” she says.

“Entering one of the Show’s competitive sections is a great way to be a part of the Show.”

Famous for its eclectic commercial exhibitors, stalls are also in high demand for all pavilions, particularly the ever-popular Market Bazaar and Jubilee. 

Of course, arguably the star of the show itself, is the mighty showbag, which will be back on offer in the Show Bag Pavilion with old and new bags, ranging from sporting teams to merchandise and confectionary favourites.

We’ve got a year of Royal Adelaide Show fun to catch up on so mark it in your diaries, and remember, don’t eat too much fairy floss before you fling yourself around on the many exhilarating rides.

Keep an eye out for ticket sales, or apply to compete in this year’s Royal Adelaide Show on their website.

The Royal Adelaide show will be located at the Adelaide Showgrounds Goodwood Rd, Wayville, Adelaide SA 5034

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