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The 2022 Maitland Show

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John Dawkins MLC President (retiring) to open the 2022 Maitland Show


John grew up on a farm at Gawler River and attended Prince Alfred college and Gawler High before studying an Associate Diploma in Farm Management. He was involved in the farming of Stud Dorset and Suffolk Sheep at Gawler River and worked with a range of agricultural groups. He was elected to the Legislative council of the South Australian Parliament in 1997. He has been a leader on the subject of mental health and suicide prevention and has worked with experts in the field to plan and deliver initiatives to prevent suicide across South Australia. John has served on a number of parliamentary committees, including as chair of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee. John has a keen interest in country shows and has been a member of many community groups and organizations including the Northern Agricultural Shows Association. He has stated that in his retirement he will be continuing his work on suicide prevention and his community outreach.

Our 2022 Maitland Show will have plenty of entertainment for the whole family including:

Keen2Ride will be providing horse and pony rides throughout the day.

Barking Ants are a five piece band who play classic rock songs and will be making an appearance in our evening entertainment.


Quadriders SA a group made up of people all ages will be competing in races throughout the day. 


Returning attractions -


Rockabout a 8 meter rock climbing wall is a popular attraction returning in 2022.


Buster the Monster Trucka crowd pleaser, which will be providing rides behind the Elias Smith Oval throughout the day.

Animals Anonymous offer presentations with a diverse range of friendly Australian native animals. Their team of passionate presenters come from a variety of professional backgrounds but all share a passion for nature and the outdoors. Come and see them at the show and take part in their interactive animal display.
Maitland Show Arcade come and try your hand on a range of games including pinball, deer hunter, air hockey, 8 ball and soccer.

V8 Utes Gary Baxter will return with the V8 Utes.  Who will win this year Holden or Ford?  Come along and cheer for your favourite team.
The shearing shed will again house an interactive experience centred around sheep shearing and wool handling while a glass cabinet in the main pavilion will house an informative display by the National Trust
The ever popular Howard & Sons Fireworks Display will light up the night sky to cap off a fun family day out at the show.


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President's Welcome

Welcome to our 143rd Maitland Show, which is to be held on Saturday 26th March 2022 at the Maitland Showgrounds.

This is a fun and COVID SAFE Day for family, friends, visitors and all members of the community. We have an exciting program organized to suit all age groups and tastes. The program includes the traditional street parade and weather permitting fireworks display in the evening. There will be some favourites returning as well as some new events including a Sausage Roll Competition, a Grand Parade around the Elias Smith Oval, the return of the Young Farmers Challenge, Quadbikes SA, and the Barking Ants Band to entertain until the fireworks conclude the evening.

Family tickets are available for $20.00 from the Show Office prior to the day. The pavilion will have displays of competition entries and exhibits, it is advisable to check closing dates for section entries, so you don’t miss out on these events.

There will be a large variety of food and drink options with different vendors and the Pumpkin Kitchen. We are looking forward to having Sunny Hill, Watsacowie and the Maitland Lions in a shared bar area with improved seating and shade. There are displays, stalls and side shows to cater for various ages and tastes. ATMs will be available again on site this year to make the experience easier.

In conclusion I would like to thank the Secretaries, Committee, Show Members, Sponsors, Convenors, Judges and Volunteers for their time and efforts to make it a successful and fun day.

Show President Nicholas Rodda


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