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Historic country show renamed to celebrate region

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The Kadina Show has a new name to embrace and acknowledge the efforts of Copper Coast businesses and residents.

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The annual show held in August will now be known as the Copper Coast Show, a change that has been well received by locals in the region.

Kadina A. H & F Society secretary, Maxine Tully, said the timing of the name change seemed fitting after celebrating the show’s 150th anniversary last year.

“After last year’s very successful show, it was a way and a means for us to [change the name],” she said.

“We wanted to identify ourselves with the whole Copper Coast area, not just with the town of Kadina.”

Despite the name change to the Copper Coast Show, the annual event will continue to have crowd favourites.

Tully said the show society is trying to move forwards and improve the identity of the show, with a refreshed focus to bring back the founding aspirations.

“[We want] to promote the agricultural, the horticultural, the floricultural side of the show – of the area – and that’s what we’re aiming to try and do,” Tully said.

“We have managed to open up our showgrounds to invite a lot more area for us to provide more activities.”

Tully said they hope to showcase what the show and region are all about to the younger generations.

“We will continue to focus on our horse activities. We have showjumping. We have hack events. We also have carriage events,” she said.

“We focus on animals, bringing pets to the show, showing children farm animals – sheep goats, cattle.”

Tully said they are also holding a led steer competition throughout the region and the Mid North to attract schools and give them an opportunity to practice for the Royal Adelaide Show.

“The two days prior to the show, this year, we are trying to do more in terms of led cattle and led competitions. And also to have the show set up so that we can bring in classes from the local schools to show them what the show is all about,” Tully said.

“It’s about trying to promote interest in the younger generations so that we can forge that interest and try to get more from the local area, from the Copper Coast area.”

The two-day Copper Coast Show will be held on Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August at the Kadina Showgrounds, just off the Copper Coast Highway in the centre of town.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a range of activities and stalls promoting local businesses, their crafts and services.

“We will have sideshows, showbags, and all the normal things people would see at a show. Farm machinery will be on the grounds. We’ll have cars, vintage cars, and all sorts of things we hope will attract interest from far and wide,” Tully said.

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