The Katherine Show Day is held around the third weekend each July when there is dry, mild weather. The Katherine Show has run been running for over 40 years and brings more than 17,000 people to town, to create the largest business week of the year. The excitement the Show brings is infectious and not only showcases the best of Katherine, but also brings together the many strands of the region including farming, cultures, crafts and businesses.
Before the two big show days which start on Friday there are three days, from Tuesday to Thursday, of equestrian and cattle events plus campdraft which are open to the public and free of charge.
Rodeos are a main feature on the Friday and Saturday nights. Whether it’s the bull rides, saddle broncs or or lawn mower races, most age groups and skill levels can compete and make the two evenings into great rodeo events.
The other animal events range from dressage to the stock horses and show jumping, plus dog events, shearing demonstrations plus poultry and caged-bird competitions. Art, needlework, cooking, flowers, photography and poetry attract visitors to the craft pavilions.
During the two main days there are Side Show with rides, show bags and lots of fast food The Grand Parade is held on the Friday afternoon and the show begins to wind down on the Saturday evening after an exciting fireworks display.
The show is held at the Katherine Show Grounds on Victoria Highway near the southern end of town and pedestrian entry is via Murphy Street.