Hands-on fun at the Small Farmers Tent

Across both show days the Small Farmers Tent showcases our Hinterland producers with practical demonstrations, farmer talks, hands-on displays and four legged friends for the kids to meet.

Organiser, Jessica Wild is passionate about our country show, “It’s accessible and interesting for the whole family – grandparents to teens and young bubs.”

Jess says the tent promotes sustainability, “You don’t have to have a 100 acres to be involved – you could have a pot plant with cherry tomatoes, a couple of chooks – or love cooking with good foods. If you want to learn how it was farmed in the first place – this is place to come to!”

Glasshouse Christian College students share their use of drones with property mapping and on their working farms. Hospitality students cook up preserves – and Spencer Shaw gives some native alternatives for your own jams and chutneys.

Maleny CWA’s Judy Stubbs inspires you with lunch box suggestions and the Girl Guides prepare rice paper rolls, whilst Morag Gamble shows how you can grow some of the ingredients using permaculture principles.

There is a focus on dairy – with industry representatives, a camel milk supplier and Maleny Cheese. Check out the cheese making and tasting.

Hear about holistic and organic practices with beef farming – you can sample sausages straight from the farm gate.

“For families who come for the day and are looking to wind down with the kids, you can come see the miniature horses. Nambour Christian College students display how they prepare them for horse shows. The kids will be talking for a change, instead of us adults.

“It’s nice be able to see the miniature horses up close and personal. Did you know they are one of the largest exhibit sections at the show? People are really getting into it.”

For the first time the poultry judging is open for all ages and free to enter – you can then pick up tips from the poultry judges.

Remember there are regular activities like simulated milking, drive your first tractor, potting  seedlings and veggie art sculptures that will keep smiles on the kids.

“I think we’re just really lucky our show is so community orientated, we have so many community members, groups and sponsors – everyone is getting it ready – across the Sunshine Coast region.

“I’m excited so many people show an interest in the local agricultural scene. The show only continues if people keep coming through the gate, and exhibitors exhibit!”

Jess says to check the program for the scheduled workshops – you want time to visit the pavilions, see the livestock and sideshow alley; you don’t want to miss out on something.

But what does show diehard, Jess, really enjoy at the Maleny Show? “The wood chop. Who doesn’t like seeing someone swinging a big sharp implement not far from their toenails?”

And one more thing…

“I’m quite competitive – I like to guess the weight of the fat bullock. Each year I think I’ll get it but I never do!” You’ll find the Small Farmers Tent at the Entertainment Arena.