The 160th Yass Show is coming up this month, set to be held on Saturday 18 March, at the Yass Showgrounds on Grand Junction Road.

(Yass Show 2021 A beaming Molly Jarrett – Junior Champion – Holding one of her produce entries – Roma tomatoes. Photo credit Jasmin Jones)

The Yass Pastoral and Agricultural Association was established in 1863 and became the Yass Show Society Inc in 1989 and is responsible for running the Yass Show, which is the longest-running annual community event in the Yass Shire.

The historic grounds on Grand Junction Road, the third home for the Show, have been the permanent base for the Showground since 1902.

Photo credit Alex Holgate

The Yass Show is held over two days in Autumn with competitions and displays showcasing the best the district has to offer. Visitors and competitors come from a wide area making the Yass Show one of the best in this part of the State.

Yass Show – wool – The Bucknell Family take Grand Champion 2021 with fine ewe or wether fleece 70

Anne Hazell, President of the Yass Show Society, said this year’s show is currently shaping up well to be a great event. 

“The planning is looking good. It’s a one day show again. We have the shearing competition back this year,” Anne said.

“So, we’ll have shearing as well as the woodchop, cattle, sheep, yard dogs, championship dogs, horses and all the usual show things.

Yass Show 2022- wood chopping – the chips were flying fast and furious

“We’ll have no sideshow alley, we can’t fit it in on a one-day show. We’ve got a whole heap of kids activities and kids games organised. We’re still waiting on confirmation on a couple of other kids type activities.”

Anne said the Yass Show Society is hopeful of another great turnout at the show this year like they had in 2022.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout. We had between 1400-1500 people last year. If we got that again, I’d be absolutely stoked,” she said.

Locals Love The Yass Show-LR Claire De Munk, Alivia Kruger, Lucy Cahill. Photo credit: Jasmin Jones

“Tickets are available online now, as are memberships. Most people probably hadn’t turned their minds to it until after the Canberra Show last weekend.” 

Anne said if there’s one thing to get attendees excited by, the Yass Show in 2023, is the shearing competition. 

“We’re hoping for a really good pavilion exhibits again, but probably the thing that I would like to stress the most is that the shearing competition is back. 

“A lot of people asked us about shearing in the two Covid years because they weren’t doing competitions then. 

“It is a good family day out. There will be show bags, wood chopping, shearing, antique farm machinery, championship dogs, antique cars, yard dogs, sheep and cattle, all the things that you’d expect to see at an agricultural show. 

The Sports Shearing Competition will have four categories; novice, intermediate, seniors and opens, all with different entry fees and prize money.

Tickets for the 160th Yass Show are available online now or can be bought at the gate. Ticket and membership prices are as below:

Adult                 $10.00

Child 5-18yrs      $5.00

Child Under 5yrs Free

Family               $25.00

Car Parking        $5.00 per car

Single Membership $12.00

Joint Membership (2 people) $22

Gates open from 8am and shut at 5pm for the public during the Yass Show. For competitors in horses and yard dogs, gates open from 6am.

The whole town is looking forward to yet another great Yass Show.

Tim Warren