EVENTS

Airtime FMX

Demolition Derby

Rodeo

Marlie Draught Horses

Hawkesbury Working Dogs

Shoalhaven Timber Through The Ages

Hay Making Demonstration

Rally Cars

Fireworks

Animal Nursery

Charlie the Brahman Ridden Steer

Side Show Alley

Vintage Machinery

Raffle

Schools @ Nowra Show

Airtime FMX

The Airtime Freestyle Motocross Team push the limits on what is possible, and their action packed show launching motorcycles high in the air while performing some of the most death defying stunts, is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

Demolition Derby - Proudly supported by Dwyers Truck Centre

One of the Show’s newest attractions, the noise and non-stop action of the Demolition Derby is fast becoming a crowd favourite for Saturday night. A drive to survive, the Demolition Derby will feature drivers in their pimped-out cars ready to destroy the other vehicles until only one remains. Pick your favourite car or number, and see if your chosen car is still standing at the end. Supported by Dwyer’s Truck Centre, this event promises engines running hot, plenty of metal crunching, crashes and smoke.

Rodeo - Proudly supported by EHD Concrete Sleepers

Bull riding is the most recognised and most popular of all the Rodeo events. Bull riding requires balance, flexibility, coordination and courage.

Marlie Draught Horses

In recognition of our 150th Year, the Nowra Show Society has deliberately planned for the inclusion of both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ in our Main Arena entertainment program. On Friday and Saturday night, we invite you to journey down memory lane with Marlie Stud. Their 11-horse wagon team and wool wagon will take you back before tractors were invented, to when the farmer and their horses were the backbone of the country. Outside the main arena during the course of the show, there will also be historic demonstrations including single farrow ploughing and chaff making, again showcasing the magnificent power of the draught horse team.

Marlie Stud are passionate about traditional farming and working draught horses. At Marlie’s working draught horse farm in Exeter, working horses are used to complete various farm work, such as ploughing, seeding, fertilising and harvesting crops, cutting chaff and logging. Anything that can be done with a tractor, can be done with a horse just like they did many years ago.

If you would like to meet their horses and see the horse drawn wagon up close, visit the team alongside the southern side of the Main Arena. And make sure you grab a ringside seat, on both Friday and Saturday nights, to see the draught horse team in action.

Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Show

The Nowra Show Society is excited to welcome the team from Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Stud to the 2024 Nowra Show. Showcasing working kelpies, the backbone of Australian Farming, the working dog demonstrations are not to be missed. During the 4 daily shows, the Kelpies will be worked while the handlers explain in full detail why the dogs do what they do. Anthony, who was proud to lead his team of working dogs at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show, will also demonstrate a Kelpie’s natural instinct to work by showcasing the skills of a young pup. The shows will also give a run down on the Kelpie breed and how it originated. With four shows daily, there will be many great photo opportunities when the dogs run on top of the sheep in the race. The Kelpie pups, which are always a big hit, and dogs will be on display all day for photos and to pat. The working dog shows are set to be entertaining, educational and enjoyable for the whole family. Don’t miss the Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Show, on the Interactive Attractions Arena, both days of the 2024 Nowra Show.

Shoalhaven Timber Through The Ages

To celebrate Nowra Show’s 150th year, Friday night will feature a unique display of the timber industry in the Shoalhaven over the years. From the very beginning, when the first timber-getters sought out valuable red cedar in our forests, while at the same time opening up the country for farming to follow, through to the highly mechanised logging operations that we see in our forests today.

Local third and fourth generation bushmen will be demonstrating working in the bush with the axe and bullock teams. Fast forward many decades later to the era of the chainsaws and “Blitz” trucks and then onto the modern mechanical harvesters and log skidders of today.

This is a rare opportunity to see first-hand the timber industry from its humble beginnings to what it is today.

Tractors Tractors Tractors - Hay Making Demonstration

An initiative of some young local Shoalhaven farmers, the Hay Making demonstration will feature a display of today’s modern machinery against the techniques used by those on the land many years ago. The Shoalhaven is well known for its dairy farms, and producing hay and silage is an important part of everyday life on these properties. Please join us for this informative demonstration as the Nowra Show Society continues to celebrate the rich history of agriculture in the Shoalhaven. And don’t forget to thank a farmer next time you enjoy a tasty meal or a fresh glass of milk!

Rally Cars

Rally cars from the local Shoalhaven and Kiama Districts Auto Club will once again put on a display of high speed, sideways action in the main arena on Saturday night. Rev-head locals, Claude Murray and Carl Stewart, two of the quickest drivers in NSW, will thrill with their spectacular display of sideways precision driving in their Datsun 1600s. Both cars have over 200 horsepower, so they’ll sound awesome as well as being fast – blink and you might miss them! Ron McKinnon, after displaying his bullock team on Friday night, will trade his old bush hat for a helmet and add to the action in his classic Chrysler Lancer Rally Car. Saturday night is set to be an action packed evening for the whole family!

Fireworks

The 2024 Nowra Show will conclude with spectacular FIREWORKS display at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday evening. The fireworks display is proudly sponsored by Bomaderry Bowling Club. The fireworks finale is always a magnificent way to celebrate the conclusion of another Nowra Show, so grab a front row seat around the Main Arena to enjoy this closing event and keep a look-out for something special to commemorate 150 Years.

A gentle reminder to everyone in the vicinity of the Nowra Showground to make the necessary arrangements with regards to your pets and to inform any elderly or infirm neighbours/relatives. While we endeavour to provide accurate timings, there are many factors including the weather, which can affect the exact time of the display. Updates will be posted on the Nowra Show Facebook page or for any further information please contact the Secretary on 0491 128 900.

Animal Nursery - Proudly supported by Bishops South Nowra and Bomaderry

Matilda’s Animal Nursery will return on the Interactive Attractions Arena on Friday and Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Always a crowd favourite, and not only for the younger generation, be sure to visit and get your cuteness overload fix for the weekend. You will have the opportunity to pat guinea pigs, bunnies and ducklings, as well as check out your regular farmyard friends in the pen. You might even be able to snap a selfie with an Alpaca. Be sure to stop by Matilda’s Animal Nursery, sponsored by Bishops South Nowra and Bomaderry  – fun for the whole family!

Side Show Alley

Synonymous with almost any agricultural show, Side Show Alley provides entertainment aplenty for the whole family. Whether you are looking for thrill-seeking rides, or perhaps something a little tamer such as a ferris wheel, visit the Showmen’s Guild of Australasia and other travelling showmen for a quintessential show experience. There will also be the opportunity to test your skills and win prizes at popular stalls such as clown heads and knock ‘em down. Did you know that the first meeting of the Showmen’s Guild in Australia was convened in Orange, NSW in 1908? For much of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Showmen’s Guild has had a close working relationship with agricultural shows throughout NSW. Please support our wonderful travelling show men and women!

Disclaimer: The Nowra Show Society does not determine the number or type of rides and stalls available in Side Show Alley as these are supplied by external providers; actual amusements may differ to those listed above.

Visit the Side Show Alley for entertaining rides.

Charlie the Brahman Ridden Steer

Charlie the Brahman Ridden Steer, under the careful guidance of his rider Gary Nelson, will be found around the Nowra Showground across the two days of the 2024 Nowra Show. Charlie is 17 years old, a gentle giant who loves a pat from anyone willing to get up close. Come and See Charlie the Ridden Steer and meet some of his friends; Harley – one of the tallest Brahman Bullocks in Australia – and baby brother Bobby the brahman.

Vintage Machinery

The Shoalhaven Vintage Machinery Club is known for terrific vintage machinery displays at shows and events from Kiama to Ulladulla. Long-time supporters of the Nowra Show, members of the club will once again put on an impressive display on the Interactive Attractions Arena. This group of volunteers is dedicated to restoring used machinery to their former, magnificant state. Don’t miss the chance to wander through the extensive range of vintage machinery, as the Shoalhaven Vintage Machinery Club pays tribute to the Nowra Show Society’s 150 years.

Raffle

This year the Nowra Show Society has secured the generous support of three outstanding local businesses to support our 150th Year Raffle; we thank them sincerely for their support.

1st Prize – $1,000 Voucher from Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market
2nd Prize – $500 Voucher for Holiday Haven Tourist Parks
3rd Prize – 1 x Annual Family Pass to Shoalhaven Zoo (value $240)

Raffle tickets ($5 each or $30 for Booklet of 10) can be purchased at the Secretary’s Office from 29th January or from our friendly volunteers in the Pavilion during the Show. Drawn approx. 7.00pm Saturday 10th February 2024.

Please support the continuing work of the Nowra Show Society, as well as our sponsoring businesses.

Schools @ Nowra Show

Nowra Show Society’s mission is to educate, promote and showcase agriculture, horticulture, and industry within the Shoalhaven, and this starts with our comprehensive School’s Program. Offered complimentary on Friday 9th February 2024, the Program contains something of interest for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Entry into the show on Friday during school hours, as part of an organised School Group with students in school uniform is FREE. Additionally, all students are welcome to be involved with the show whether by exhibiting, competing, or stewarding. For more information please contact the Secretary on 0491 128 900.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices will be as shown below until allocation sold out.

Online presale tickets until 6pm Thursday, 8th February 2024

  • Early Bird

Adults: $15 + Booking Fee
Concession: $10 + Booking Fee
Kids (5 – 16 yrs old): $5 + Booking Fee
Kids under 5 years are free

  • Gate

Adults – $20
Concession $10
Kids (5 – 16 yrs old): $5
Kids under 5 years are free

Disclaimer: The Nowra Show Society reserves the right to have removed from the ground any person whose behavior is disruptive, dangerous or otherwise unacceptable.