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Diamond Jubilee Delight Pioneer Valley Show Celebrates 60 Years

By Amanda Wright

Last Sunday, the Pioneer Valley Show celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking six decades of community spirit and entertainment with a magical day filled with fun and excitement. The event, held at the Finch Hatton showgrounds, attracted thousands of visitors who were treated to a myriad of activities and attractions.
The day was packed with thrilling rides, vibrant market stalls, and a special bubble tribute to Everleigh Johnson who tragically lost her life on New Year’s Eve. The huge area of bubbles floating through the air was particularly enchanting, filling the sky with shimmering spheres that danced in the sunlight, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.

Pure joy: children's faces light up amidst perfect weather and fun rides at the Pioneer Valley Show. Photo credit: Amanda Wright


Rides, Races And Relics At The Pioneer Valley Show

Entertainment in the main ring was a highlight, featuring a diverse array of performances. Spectators were thrilled by the horse jumping, awed by the skill of the woodchoppers, and amazed by the daring Hot Wheels jumps. The grand parade showcased a colourful procession of participants, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the night sky and concluded the day’s festivities with a bang.
The Pioneer Valley Show also featured a fascinating display of machinery, offering a glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the region. Helicopter joy rides provided a bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape, adding an extra layer of excitement to the day.
Food lovers were spoiled for choice with a plethora of delicious options, from classic show fare like dagwood dogs to gourmet treats, such as chocolate-covered strawberries or even mushrooms on a stick.
Founded in 1962 by Mr. Owen Faux, the Pioneer Valley Show has grown from humble beginnings into one of the most anticipated events of the year. It all started with a donated parcel of land, and thanks to the dedication of local families and volunteers, it has become a beloved tradition.
Over the years, the show has evolved, adding new facilities and attractions to keep up with its growing popularity. This year’s milestone event was a testament to the enduring appeal of the Pioneer Valley Show, reaffirming its status as a cornerstone of the community and one of the best one-day shows in Australia.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Pioneer Valley Show in Finch Hatton dazzled thousands with a magical day of rides, market stalls and thrilling entertainment. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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