Red Hill Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Thrill on the Hill

30 Mar

The Red Hill Show, which is in it’s 83rd year, is probably the biggest thing to hit Red Hill every year.  Held on the 4th Saturday in March, it is un-missable.

There are very few Agricultural shows so accessible to so many with a full program of events.  From fruit & vegetable growing and arranging, all kinds of baking, preserves, drinks, every kind of animal from sheep to Rat Fanciers Society to the horse riding competitions, art and photography.  One very popular category is the “Healthy Lunchbox” for young kids, right through to “seniors”. Fantastic stuff.

The big attractions are always the Dog High Scramble and the Woodchop, both attracting thousands to watch them

Over the years, new categories have been added to the program due to their increasing prevalance on the Mornington Peninsula, such as alpacas, avocados, olives, berries, cheese making and incorporates the Cool Climate Wine Show.  I wonder what has been dropped over the years?

The amazing thing about the show is that almost every family I know in Red Hill enters something. This generates a great interest in our children for riding, chopping, baking, growing and going on carnival rides!

My 6yo daughter tried her hand for the first time with the decorated biscuits, a hotly contested category, with around 30 entries in the 6-8yo group. We were so proud when hers won! Our first blue ribbon in the family.

And we all had a fun time making them. The girls loved it. I was amazed at how capable they were. Look at their focus.

My second time trying for the prestigious sponge category, thrilled to get second prize, last year I couldn’t make one good enough to enter. So great progress.

My third year entering the “cake made with almond meal”.  After 2 years of coming second, I switched recipes and the prize was mine! Here is my recipe.

Preserves category is HUGE.

My mate Rick prides himself on his homemade/homegrown Limoncello which he enters every year.

Steaming spicy bowl of Pho for lunch.

The day started early to help my neighbours with plaiting up their pony for the show…. really brought back the memories for me.

And she is a winner… must have been the plaits.

And here is Rick with his son having just won a prize in the fancy dress.

The woodchop is one of the highlights requiring grandstand seating. This boy was one of the youngest competitors.

My neighbour Phil (far left) is a champion on the “hot” saws (also known as chainsaws) and his son James (far right) is competing now and I think beat his old man in this race.

The alpaca shed was probably the largest category of animals exhibited, there were hundreds, as you can see by their white coated attendants, it is serious business.

This group had a display of alpaca wool spinning and knitting with yarns and finished products to purchase.

The dog high scramble or dog jump, is the highlight event of the day, coming right at the end.

Usually the kelpies do pretty well, but this German Shepard did suprisingly well considering her size.

Another pole on…. getting serious now


Just scraping over

The winning jump

The Champion. Her name is Ishtar, and is dearly beloved by her owner (my old friend Katie’s brother) who found her in Costa Rica, and when he returned to Australia, she had to live in quarantine until she was allowed in the country. Dedication. Quite a story.

Happy pony princess blue ribbon winning girl

The end of a great day. The Red Hill Show makes an amazing contribution to keeping alive the interest in many skills that are rapidly diminishing in our fast moving society. And for that, I thank it.


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