About Us

Over the last 40 years it is estimated that in excess of half a million Territorian’s have had an opportunity to sample a ‘unique slice of rural life’ through a family visit to the iconic Freds Pass Rural Show. 2019 saw the 40th Ruby Red celebration of this much loved show.  In 2020 and 2021, there was a need to go to Online Shows, both of which were well supported and successful. 2022 will see the 43rd Freds Pass Rural Show.

The show had humble beginnings, as a small Apex run rural fete for the Howard Springs Primary School in 1978, and was run under an independent committee until 2006. As the show grew in size, the Freds Pass Reserve Board took over management of the event. 2014 marked the return to an independently run event steered by an enthusiastic show committee (run as an Incorporated Association) who aims to continually build, develop and promote this fantastic event which attracts more than 20,000 people over the two day period.

The show is known for its strong rural theming with a vast range of equestrian events, livestock judging, animal displays, an exhibition hall showcasing the community's many artistic and creative talents, wood chopping exhibition, side show alley, music talent quests, NT Young Rural Achiever Awards and a vast array of poultry, horticulture and market garden produce. It has truly become an annual event where ‘urban meets rural'.  Foodies are well catered for with great food stalls and the Paddock to Plate Marquee, where local produce is displayed, cooked and sampled.

Children are not forgotten as free children's activities run on both days of the show, and our Outback Track bags provide fun and goodies as kids search for the participating site holders to collect the give-aways. Saturday and Sunday feature exciting entertainment acts focusing on utilising local talent wherever possible. On Saturday night everyone gathers for a spectacular fireworks display, and then party on to great live entertainment under the stars.

The Friday evening before the show sees the annual 50km Feast - a gala and gourmet dinner under the stars, a magical evening not to be missed.

The Freds Pass Rural Show is a highly effective platform for community groups, businesses and industry to come on board as exhibitors and sponsors.

The Freds Pass Rural Show is of the community, by the community, for the community.

Economic profile of the Freds Pass Rural Show


The NT Show Council has completed the economic profile of all the NT agricultural shows. Based on 2019 figures, it gives a summary of how many dollars each show contributes to its local economy. It is estimated that the Freds Pass Rural Show’s economic impact is approximately $5,561,115!

You can find a detailed analysis of all the 7 shows below.