Big calendar of events for Port Pirie

KEEPING SCORE: Port Pirie's events co-ordinator Genevieve Pontikinas points to Memorial Oval's electronic scoreboard which features a special message to residents and visitors.

KEEPING SCORE: Port Pirie's events co-ordinator Genevieve Pontikinas points to Memorial Oval's electronic scoreboard which features a special message to residents and visitors.

Our city is reaching out to people far and wide to cement its title as the "events capital" of country South Australia.

Dubbed The Year of Port Pirie: Our Time to Shine, 2019 is packed with sport and cultural activities.

The offerings led Port Pirie Regional Council's events co-ordinator Genevieve Pontikinas to invite residents and visitors to check out the program.

"Everyone is welcome and we are excited about the program. It is going to be a huge year," she said.

The calendar is the "most active" in Port Pirie's history with events kicking off on Saturday with the AFL pre-season Showdown between the Crows and Power.

The new sport stadium also will be a focal point for the Port Pirie Come See Change Masters Games in April and the South Australian Country Football Championships and the SANFL Showdown, both in July. The All-Breeds Dog Show will be at Globe Oval at the Easter long weekend and the state's best junior soccer talent will be on show at championships in Port Pirie in September. The program:

  • March:
  • JLT Community Series pre-season AFL match - Crows v Power at Memorial Oval - March 2.
  • Game On! Port Pirie's first-ever console and PC gaming event - Northern Festival Centre – March 24 – 200-300
  • April:
  • Port Pirie Come See Change Masters Games - April 5 to 14 - 1000-plus
  • Anzac Day Dawn Service and Civic Observance Ceremony – RSL Port Pirie - April 25
  • All-Breeds Dog Show - Senate Road Complex – Port Pirie Kennel Club - April 17-22
  • July:
  • National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Celebration Week - July 1-7
  • South Australian Country Football Championships - Memorial Oval - July 13-14
  • SANFL Showdown - Crows v Power - Memorial Oval - Juiy 13
  • August:
  • Crystal Brook Show – North Western Agricultural Society - August 10 - up to 5000
  • September:
  • Blessing of the Fleet celebration – Our Lady of Martyrs Port Pirie Italian Community - September 8 – 400-plus
  • Junior Soccer Championships - September 28-29 - 3000
  • Smelter's Picnic – September 25 - 16,000 (biggest community event in Port Pirie)
  • October:
  • KIDtober – throughout month
  • Port Pirie Country Music Festival – October 10 to 13 – 500
  • December:
  • New Year's Eve party - foreshore - December 31

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