Five things you can’t miss at this year’s show!

November 3, 2023 BY

Farmyard fun: Jevan and his sisters Elkie and Harper with mum Shelley DeAraugo and Farmer Darryl. Photo: BARBARA SUNGAILA

HEATHCOTE Show organisers promise there will be something for everyone at this year’s event on Melbourne Cup Day.

Gates open at 9am, with free entry for under 16s and lots of free entertainment.


Professor Wallace’s Puppet Show

Traveling from shows to festivals throughout four states each year, Professor Wallace’s Puppet Theatre is one of the oldest continuous performing acts in Australia.

Professor Wallace performs from a small circus wagon with traditional wooden hand puppets, marionettes and modern puppets.


Whitey’s Ferret Racing

Ferret racing was one of the most popular events at the last show in 2019 and Martin White will bring the unique track he built himself along again this year.

Adding to the fun, children can put their names down at the secretary’s office, and watch ‘their’ ferret race.

The ferrets race five at a time, with five in the eventual grand final.


Snake Safe Victoria

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a crocodile or a snake, don’t miss this wildlife meet and greet.

Visitors can learn about venomous snakes in Victoria, safety and what to do if you are bitten.

The demonstration also includes wallabies, lizards, a kookaburra and much more.


Eljay’s Junk Yard Action Show

This motorcycle and bicycle stunt show is suitable for all ages and is sure to thrill.

The team have their own stage and music, and perform a wide range of stunts, some with an element of comedy.


Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm 

Farmer Darryl has more than 50 years’ experience keeping and working with farm animals and for than 20 years has enjoyed visiting events throughout Victoria and NSW with his mobile farm.

Farmer Darryl entertains and educates children of all ages with a variety of animals including lambs, goats, chickens and rabbits.

“There is so much more not to be missed,” said show secretary, Robyn Donovan. “Something for everyone.

“Don’t go past the arts and crafts pavilion. It smells beautiful in there with all the flowers and baking.

“The yard dogs are always amazing and you can even have your blood pressure checked.

“And, we have lots of new trade stalls this year, all worth looking at and, perhaps, you might even find some Christmas presents.”