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History

The Gold Coast Show has a long and proud history dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century.

In 2006 the Gold Coast Show celebrated its Centenary event and a book 100 Shows –History of the Gold Coast Show- by Fiona Staun was also published.

In its early days the Show known originally as The Southport Show was held at Recreation Reserve or what is now known as Woodroffe Park in Southport.

It featured exhibits such as fruits, vegetables and flowers, commodities produced in the area to support the many Brisbane based tourists who regularly travelled to the small seaside village.

The Show continued at this location growing in scope to include live stock exhibits and equestrian event until it outgrew the venue and moved to Owen Park in 1919.

It was to remain at Owen Park for the next 60 years while undergoing several name changes

In 1930 the Show became known as The Southport A & H Show and in 1952 it became the South Coast Show before becoming The Gold Coast Show in 1959.

In 1989 The Gold Coast Show again outgrew its location and moved to facilities at Parklands.
This 47 hectares site was purpose built for the Show Society along with Harness and Greyhound racing facilities.

In fact Parklands Showground was so new that the 1989 Show, which has traditionally been held in late August, had to be postponed until late October.

In 2013 the final Gold Coast Show was be held at Parklands Showgrounds owing to the planned redevelopment of the site for the Athlete’s Village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
2014 saw the Gold Coast Show move to the Gold Coast Turf Club in Racecourse Drive, Bundall.

Every year the Gold Coast Show hosts popular and traditional Show events featuring extraordinary fireworks displays, Australiana displays, show bags, wood chops, side show alley, visual arts and home crafts displays, stage shows, roving entertainment and a free family circus. Added to this is a free entertainment package changing each year.

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