Save the date for Ipswich Show holiday 2024

A date has been claimed for the Ipswich Show Public Holiday in 2024.

Council voted at its ordinary council meeting on Thursday 27 July to accept a recommendation from the Ipswich Show Society to pursue the gazettal of the public holiday on Friday 17 May 2024.

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said council will next make an application to the State Government’s Office of Industrial Relations to formalise the public holiday.

“The Ipswich Show is a highlight in our region’s calendar, attracting more than 30,000 people annually,” Cr Fechner said.

“Since moving the show holiday to a Friday in 2011, the long weekend has been enjoyed and eagerly-anticipated by the community and businesses.

“Council will now write to the State Government to seek to formalise the public holiday date and allow planning to begin.”

First held in 1873, the Ipswich Show continues to excite and entertain with its 150th anniversary earlier this year boasting a new and improved layout, dedicated animal area and a new historical precinct.

The Ipswich Show Society is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and encourages pastoral, agricultural, horticultural and industrial activities in the Ipswich region.

To find out more about the Ipswich Show visit

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