Clare Show 1929
Clare Show 1929

The Historical Clare Show

In 2014 the Clare Agricultural and Horticultural Society celebrated 150 years of Agricultural Shows in Clare. The Agricultural Shows originated from the ploughing matches which were a popular annual event in the early days of the state.
The first show of livestock was held in Clare at the stock yards and premises of the Clare Inn on December 3rd. 1857.
1864 saw a show being held in a marquee on a vacant block in the main street. A Town Hall was built in 1866 and for some years this was the venue, with the agricultural implements displayed on nearby vacant land.
Popularity waned in the 1880’s and in 1890 following the gift of an 8 acre parcel of land by GC Hawker and JH Angas in north Clare the Stanley Agricultural and Horticultural Society was established. This would set the scene for many successful years to come.
By 1912 a search was underway for a larger site and
the name of the Society reverted back to the Clare Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

Mintaro farmer and mother of three Ingrid Smith was awarded the State Rural Ambassador award in 2008 and in 2009, with the help of Ingrid the Vine Trail was incorporated with the show.

Over the years Clare Show has been represented at all levels from cooking, trophy winners and rural ambassadors.

Jenny Parish of Leasingham, who has competed at the Clare Show and has also volunteered as a steward – one year deciding to take a shot at entering the local semi-final for the State Rich Fruit Cake Championships

In 2002 she became the only person who has ever won South Australia’s two fiercely contested fruit cake competitions, these are the Genoa Fruit Cake and Rich Fruit Cake competition.  She is well known in the cookery section at the Royal Adelaide Show and has won the aggregate there in 2006 and 2007 – Jenny is just part of the history of Clare Show.

Clare show is something not to miss. There is plenty to see and do for the whole family, whether it’s a free event or not it’s an affordable and enjoyable day out.