April 26 -  May 2, 2015: Issue 211

 Northern Beaches attractions feature at this year’s St Ives Show

 Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir on the main stage at 2.30pm on Saturday May 16th.

 Northern Beaches attractions feature at this year’s St Ives Show

April 24, 2015

Country style fun since 1921, 21st century attractions, and not for profit‏

The St Ives Show will be held at the St Ives Showground on the weekend of May 16 and 17, 2015 featuring some great attractions from the peninsula.

Pittwater High School, one of the few schools in Sydney to offer agriculture classes, will be displaying some of their animals and produce at the show. The students won their first ever Supreme Champion ribbon for one of their sheep at the Castle Hill Show in 2013. The winning 90kg ewe, ‘Apples’, was raised by the students who regularly take part in competitions at agricultural events such as the Royal Easter Show. 

Pittwater High School Students and 'Apples'

Everybody loves a heavy horse. Warriewood resident, Gary Cullen and his colleague, Sid Slaven, will be bringing their champion Clydesdales, Lennie and Sam, to the show. The kids can enjoy a haycart ride or pat one of these gentle giants on Saturday, May 16.  

On Sunday, May 17, you’ll see them in all their grandeur taking part in the Annual Horse Show in Ring 9. Heavy horse breeds in Australia include Draught Horses, Clydesdales, Percherons, Shires, Drum Horses and Gypsy Cobs. The romance and bravery of their story has endured through history. They are the giant steeds who carried the knights in the middle ages to the Crusades and other legendary battles and played a major part in World War 1.  

Lennie and Sam

The Annual Horse Show competitions will be held on both Saturday and Sunday this year. See a range of horse breeds including the heavy horses as well as brumbies, miniature ponies, miniature horses, Australian Stock Horses and many others at St Ives Show. Competitors from the Manly-Warringah, Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai areas compete in classes at their local show alongside competitors from throughout NSW. 

One-Liner Bootscooters

Yeehaw! New to the peninsula the One-Liner Bootscooters school opened this February in Terrey Hills. Line-dancing is a fun and easy way for anyone from kids to seniors to keep fit and meet new friends. Owner, Linda Burgess will be bringing a group of students to demonstrate on stage at 11am and 1pm on Saturday.

The Sydney Northern Beaches Woodturners Inc (SNBW) will be demonstrating on a lathe how to turn various items. You can learn how to do it yourself or, if you’d like to buy a piece of their work, you’ll find out at the SNBW stand. There are no set times for demonstrations, they are ongoing during the course of the day.

You can enjoy the talents of the kids from the Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir on the main stage at 2.30pm on Saturday. Besides singing, they perform dance items and indigenous actions with each song that interact with the audience using clapsticks and digeridoos.  While they hail from Mt Druitt, they perform around New South Wales and will be familiar to some Peninsula locals as they have appeared at the Dee Why Beach Carols in 2013 and 2014.  The choir members will be singing in the Dharug Language taking as their theme, 7 Indigenous Wonders, exploring in song and dance the positive traditions of Aboriginal life like dreaming, spirit, food, kinship and language.

St Ives Show, presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society, showcases the best competition entries in apiculture, arts, crafts, horses, horticulture, cooking and baking and photography. Come along and see who you think is ‘best in show’.     

New this year: Remy’s Music Machine will have everyone dancing - not just the kids; and the Interactive 7D Mobile Cinema-in-a-truck virtual reality experience will test your vocal chords. 

And there’s more:

6.30pm fireworks display on Saturday;  Ku-ring-gai Miniwheels kids motorcycle riding display on Saturday;  master farrier and blacksmith, Chris Anderson, at work;  Blue Mountains reptile awareness show;  the Australian Light Horse Brigade’s A-Troop Richmond, Windsor static display commemorating our World War 1 heroes;  Rabbit Show keeping and breeding display and fun competitions for the kids own pets; Animals All animal nursery – lots of cuddly creatures great and small;  Kelpies from the Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Stud herding sheep; combined NSW Scottish Societies’ mini pipe band championships;  Metropolitan Axemen’s Association handicap and  championship  woodchopping events on Sunday;  displays of old farm equipment by the Sydney Antique Machinery Club;  musical entertainment by local school bands; displays by local dance studios; Australian Amusements’ carnival rides … and more.

There will be plenty of food and refreshments available to buy and places to sit and have a picnic. Don’t miss your chance to visit the entertaining and inspirational St Ives Show.

For more information about the expo and performance and activity times, visit www.stivesshow.com.au; email elaine.tracey@bigpond.com or call 0408 253 563.

By Maggie Jacka


St Ives Show

Where:  St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Road, St Ives (between north St Ives and Terrey Hills)

When:   May 16 and 17, 2015

Open:   9am – 9pm, Saturday and 9am – 4pm, Sunday

Entry:    Children over 5/seniors/adults – $5.00 each

Tickets:  Available at the gate and online via the website

Parking: Free parking available at the ground.

Transport: For bus timetables visit Forest Coach Lines: www.forestcoachlines.com.au

Information: Visit www.stivesshow.com.au or call 0408 253 563