The Malanda Show

The Malanda Show Society with the Dairy Farmers factory is proud to bring to you a true family orientated agricultural show.

The hype, excitement and planning is well underway for the 2024 Malanda Show!  The three-day show will this year take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July which is the LAST weekend of the school holidays – perfect timing for families from afar to plan a trip to the Atherton Tablelands.

It promises to be an event not to be missed, jam packed full of fun and merriment, including the animal competitions and displays (dairy and beef cattle, horses, poultry and gorgeous animal nursery), and of course, side show alley.

Kicking off the weekend on the Friday evening will be the ever-popular Street parade. The street procession is always a definite highlight of the Malanda Show. What better way to commence the weekend’s festivities than having a street party, right?!  The theme for the 2024 Street Parade is SPACE.  We encourage all sorts of vehicles from vintage to machinery, as well as elaborate costumes, walking processions, marching bands, decorated bikes and, of course, those wonderfully creative floats.

For 2024 the Rural Ambassador competition will be hosted in conjunction with the show celebrations. This competition aims to be a fun and inclusive experience for the youth in our area. The idea is that we can provide the contestants with an opportunity to learn more about our agricultural show and of course to get involved in our local community. Our 2024 Malanda winners will be announced at the official opening.

Saturday promises a full day of competition in the dairy, stud and main arena areas culminating with The BIG ‘Spar’tacular firework display in the evening, provided by the generous support of our Spar Supermarket and The Big Pub.  Saturday night provides an opportunity to see the inner farmer in you shine with the Farmer’s Challenge.

There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet.  It is time to show off your furry or not so furry friends at our upcoming 2024 Pet Parade to be hosted on Sunday from 9.30am in the Ted Morris Arena.  Also on Sunday come along and cheer along our local celebrities as they fight it out to see who the Champion Hand Milker is.  Remember $500 proudly sponsored by Dairy Farmers will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.   In more exciting news both of these events will be presented by non-other than local Millaa Millaa  stand-up comedian Georgina Humphries.

The bar area will be rocking with Chris from Discotechnics on Friday evening and Careless on Saturday night both until late. There will be a blacksmith demonstration, the new nigerian dwarf goats competition and sheep on display, as well as a reptile display.

If all of this wasn’t enough to tempt you, you can also enjoy visiting the pavilion full of culinary treats and craft.  All the details for all competitions can be downloaded from our website.

There is something for everyone and ample opportunity for you to get involved in the fun. The show’s ticket pricing is affordable for everyone, at just $85 for a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children for the three-day event.  Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook for more information. Pre-sold tickets out now on TryBooking- Malanda Show.

See you at the Malanda Show!

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Download the 2023 Malanda Show Program – 2024 Program coming soon

 – Celebrating 108 Years of the Malanda Show –

The Cairns Post of Thursday 6 November 1919 reported a successful first day for the Malanda Show “considering the weather conditions” which were warm and slightly cloudy.  The dust on the new grounds was said to be “troublesome” and the grounds “somewhat rough, and the improvements a little crude”.

The Show was opened by the Hon F.W. Bamford MHR, who complimented the committee on their new ground.  There were said to be about 900 on the grounds and a couple of accidents were reported, with both Mr R Crocker and Mr P English being severely kicked by horses led through the crowd.  Neither produced serious results, Mr English attended on the second day on crutches.  The cattle were judged by Mr A Pickles a leading breeder from Wondai and the horses by Mr E.C. Earl.

The second day of the show saw an attendance of at least 1500 people, and storm clouds which started with light showers in the morning which increased by 2 o’clock to heavy rain.  By 4 in the afternoon the show grounds had to be abandoned for better shelter in the town.  The inaugural camp drafting contest had to be abandoned before it was finished satisfactorily.

The Townsville Daily Bulletin of the 17th November, 1919 gave a description of the new grounds – “The situation is an ideal one, being right in the centre of the township and within one hundred yards of the railway station.  The beautiful Malanda Creek forms one boundary from which the surface rises gradually to the main road which forms another boundary.  About two hundred yards away the picturesque waterfalls are situated, the soothing music of the falling waters being distinctly audible from the show grounds.”

With the success of the 1919 Show providing a profit of nearly £300, the committee set to work on providing more permanent structures for the 1920 show.  The main object was to erect a substantial grandstand.  By the time of the show, on the 27th and 28th October 1920, an “up-to-date” grandstand, while not quite complete, was, according to the Cairns Post of 2nd November, “very useful to provide seating for many ladies and children as well as giving a splendid viewpoint from which the proceedings could be watched with advantage.”