THE clock is counting down to one of Sunraysia’s favourite family events.

The Cardross Spring Show is on next Saturday, October 12, with the community’s historic town hall to be the epicentre of a great day’s entertainment.

And it’s not too late to enter any number of the show’s competition categories. Competition entry books are out and about, and can be found in several locations, including the Cardross Store, in Red Cliffs at Foodworks, the newsagency, Poppies on Ilex, and also district Mildura Rural City Council libraries and the Plantarium Nursery.

Copies can also be emailed, according to organisers.

The show is also organised as a ‘kid friendly’ one, with lots to do for the youngsters including a fantastic colouring in page in the kid’s section drawn by former Cardross Primary School student, Jackson Murphy. It features a quirky snail race, a legacy of last year’s snail races that were such a hit.

And they’re back for 2019, with race steward Tom Fagan setting up the race arena on the grassed area beside the hall. Races get under way from 1pm.

Another event for the kids is the new Cardross Lion Trail, sponsored by the Lions Club of Red Cliffs. There are prizes to be won in both these events.

The show market has all the familiar stallholders returning, with a wide variety of goodies for sale under shady gazebos and the magnificent peppercorn tree.

There is a full program of free entertainment throughout the day with tables and chairs under gazebos to enjoy some delicious food and light refreshments.  Local garden enthusiast and theatre performer, Bill Lewis will officially open the show at 10.15am.

Musicians Ron Herberte and Barb Carter will return, along with the group ‘Cauldron’ to entertain and about 11.30am while the Poppies on Ilex spring fashion show kicks off.

There will be swordcraft demonstration that promises martial skills and incredible costumes.

Just a little bit of trivia, the reborn Cardross Spring Show was first hosted by a newly reformed Progress Association as a one-off fund-raiser for the hall that was badly in need of some TLC back in 2001.  

Now in its 19th year, the show remains faithful to its roots, with many of the competitions and attractions lifted from the last show book from 1963 still included.

The action gets under way from 9.30am, with the hall opening for the competitions display from 10.30am. Admission is $3 for the hall display, but free for the rest of the Show.