What is the Bellingen Show?
The Bellingen Show is a yearly event that brings together members from throughout the community providing a venue for both young and old to showcase their unique skills and talents through traditional agricultural events, the exhibition of agricultural produce, arts and crafts, and top class local entertainment.
The Bellingen Show features an exhibit of jams, cakes and crafts, EJ Mantova Memorial Art Competition, photographic exhibition, mongrel dogs, wood chop, cattle, horses and more.
The first Bellingen Show organised by the Bellinger River Agricultural Society and assisted by the Tyson family took place at Fernmount on 28th April, 1881. An account of this event was published in the Sydney Mail & NSW Advertiser
on May 14, 1881.
The show was then held at Connell Park until the first bridge over the river was built in 1910.
The current showground on the north side of the river was established after the Minister for Lands granted money for the Showground Trust to purchase 12 acres from the Jarrett family at sixty pounds per acre. The showground was dedicated on 26th July, 1911 and has been the home of the Bellingen Show ever since.
Other than during the War years, the Bellingen Show has over its history been cancelled only twice. In 2009 following heavy rain and severe flooding that inundated parts of the town, and in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.