The Alice Springs Show is a traditional rural show and very closely associated with the regional cattle stations, and is based on agricultural produce, livestock and craft.
The Show is one of the biggest social and agricultural highlights of the Northern Territory’s year. It attracts more than 18,000 visitors over the two days of the event which takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of July; the Friday is always a regional public holiday with most people able to take the day off work.
Everyone can enjoy the rides, attractions, dog show and trials, horse competitions, photography competition, showgirl competition and other contests and outback sporting events. Children are not forgotten and there are displays of their work, a special educational animal petting zone, and fun craft activities.
The Grand Parade is usually scheduled for the Friday afternoon with everything from an Ute Muster, to champion bulls and show jumpers. A giant fireworks display finishes the show.
The Show is held at Blatherskite Park on the Southern side of the MacDonnell Ranges, bounded by and nestled between ranges, which provide a natural setting for the event.
Free shuttle buses run from the town on Friday and Saturday. Entry tickets to the show are cheaper if pre-purchased and are available from May.