Thu, 17 September

Iso-fail or triumph, new competition calls for it all

Considering their options for the Gawler Show online competition are Immanuel Lutheran School year six students (from left) Makaydee Cleland, Lucas Bribiesca, Ollie Hyde and Sasha Hall. PHOTO: Ellouise Crawford

THE Gawler Show may not be going ahead in normal fashion this year, but a new initiative means the community will still be enjoying a bit of friendly-competition.

Organisers have created several categories of competition which relate to having to self-isolate or spend a great deal of time at home, and are being run completely online.

Gawler Show events administrator Donna Noble said the idea was born from learning and seeing how people had spent their period of isolation or time at home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So many people were doing lots of different things they just weren’t doing normally, whether it was cooking, knitting or DIY, so we just thought it would be a good idea to tap into that,” Mrs Noble said.

“I know isolation is slowly coming to a halt now, but it’s just a way to keep people connected and share what they are doing in terms of any new skills they have learnt.”

A total of 22 competition briefs have been uploaded to the Show’s website, including for colouring-in or drawing, funny fruit and vegetable growing, photography, or Lego building.

Mrs Noble said she’s most excited to see entries for some of the more unusual competitions, you would usually see in the Show’s exhibition hall.

“Like ‘MasterChef – photograph your Aussie breakfast plate, or your fairy bread design – that sort of stuff we wouldn’t offer normally, and it is just about having some silly fun,” she said.

Fun categories include for the best chalk walk design, or ‘iso-fail’, while there are also some of the more familiar competitions on offer, such as for school posters, knitting and needle work, handicrafts, and cattle or goats.

Entries can be submitted by taking a photograph, and emailing it to the Gawler Show, between Monday, June 1 and Friday, July 31.

“It has been made really easy so I’m really hoping on that basis people will want to get involved,” Mrs Noble said.

“Schools are generally heavily involved in our show normally so this is something they can definitely get on board with as well.”

The winners and runner-ups of each class/category will receive an emailed certificate, with results posted on the Gawler Show’s Facebook page, on August 29 and 30.

Full competition and entry information can be found at ‘’.


Enter your best:

Creative chalk walk design

Funny-looking fruit or veggies

Iso-fail – a new skill you did not master

Under-water themed Lego design

Creation from recycled materials

Native bird, cattle or goat photos

And more…

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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