The countdown is on to Katherine's biggest event of the year

COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Katherine Show Society executive officer Sue Sinclair has been busy putting the final touches on plans for a spectacular show for locals and visitors.
COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Katherine Show Society executive officer Sue Sinclair has been busy putting the final touches on plans for a spectacular show for locals and visitors.

Monster crowds are expected when the gates of The Katherine Show swing open next week. 

The show has been a fixture on the social calendar since 1965.

Show Society executive officer Sue Sinclair said visitors can look forward to a range of agricultural events, family fun and entertainment. 

”Equestrian events start on Tuesday and the campdraft on Wednesday, there is free entry for the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” Ms Sinclair said. 

Friday and Saturday are "Show Days" with the much anticipated rodeo to be held on both of those nights.

“The campdraft is the most competitive class this year, it was full within 36 hours and last year it took a week,” Ms Sinclair said. 

“We have a huge number of entries in the preserves class this year with more than 100 entries, there are 500 cooking entries, almost 500 photographic entries and more than 20 pets entered.

Sue Sinclair.

Sue Sinclair.

“There is a lot of competition for the bloke’s cake and sheila’s cake competition this year as well,” she said. 

The last time the blokes won was when Ron Green took the trophy home in 2013. Rowena McCosker won it for the girls last year. 

Showgoers can browse the pavilion packed full of cooking, craft and photography, see farm animals and take the children to a cooking class.

“People who are putting in showcasing entries such as arts and crafts can put them up for sale, they just need to contact the office,” Ms Sinclair said. 

The opening ceremony will take place at 1pm on Friday followed by the grand parade where children can enter with their pet animals and receive a free ride ticket. 

The show is held at the Katherine Showgrounds on Victoria Highway, tickets can be pre-purchased online.

Entry for the two show days is $35 for adults and $18 for children