All systems go for 101st Yea Show, 
25 and 26 November 2016

With a new and enthusiastic committee formed there is a strong plan and program unfolding for the 101st annual Yea Show.

After the centenary Show held in November 2014 the traditional Yea Show went into recess in 2015.

Several planned retirements of senior Committee and organisational personnel together with the energy that was consumed in staging the one hundredth Show meant that a new Committee couldn’t be formed so a year in recess resulted.

However after a recent public meeting in Yea in March an enthusiastic group of supporters totalling at least twenty-five members of the community came forward to create a new Committee for the Yea Agricultural, Pastoral & Horticultural Association.

View south across High St towards shire hall

View south across High St towards shire hall

Matt Noonan elected as Chair of the newly formed Committee says that “fortunately there were enough funds retained from the Centenary Show to provide a good base of working capital to prepare for the next Yea Show that will be held on Friday evening 25 November with a full day of traditional Show features and events on Saturday 26 November at the Yea Recreation Reserve.

“We are also fortunate that many previous supporters as event or section judges, committee organisers and volunteers confirmed strongly that they wanted to participate in delivering another great Yea Show this year.

“Many local businesses have already come forward to support the new Yea Show committee with donations, sponsorship and event prizes, or to advertise in the Program which is already being prepared.


“We were also fortunate that VASA (the Victorian Agricultural Shows Association) held the date open for our resumption when there were a number of other Shows wanting to take over what really is a key early summer seasonal date” Matt Noonan says.

The plan is for the Show to open on Friday evening 25 November with an evening program of family oriented music and entertainment together with all the traditional sideshow events.

The key performers for Friday evening will be country rock band Wild Honey from Melbourne and the acclaimed Pans on Fire steel band from Marysville.

Grandstand at Yea Recreation Reserve, Snodgrass St

Grandstand at Yea Recreation Reserve, Snodgrass St

Then on Saturday 26 November all the usual agricultural events from the major competitive equine events, cattle judging and sheep and wool features will be staged.

The competitive horse events at the Yea Show have always been strongly supported as points earned contribute towards eligibility for other major equine events around Victoria.

These are supported by the enormous diversity of crafts, homewares, horticultural and garden sections with many opportunities for children and youth including local schools to enter.

Amongst the groups participating on Saturday will be local members of the CWA while the Cittaslow group in Yea is planning to present a traditional country trades fair.


Show President Matt Noonan concludes “I think everyone recognises that a strong local Show is a focus throughout the community and brings many people to our town for either the day or weekend.

“My committee is working towards making the 2016 Yea Show on 25-26 November a big success on all fronts”.

For more information: Matt Noonan Show President 0427 090 378 or Rodney Ridd Show Secretary on 0417 340 838 or Pauline Roberts Event Secretary on 0427 529 551 or Les Judd Horse Events on 0431 517 797 or trade sites, market stalls or entertainment can be booked with Elaine White on 5780 1224.