So, you live somewhere in New South Wales. And you’re looking for a super fun event to attend to this Easter and get the stress off of everyday life. What do you do? Which amazing event do you pay a visit to? Well, the Sydney Royal Easter Show of course!

What is the Sydney Royal Easter Show?

Are you ready for twelve days of fun and excitement? From puppy competitions and arts and crafts to vaulting and free kids activities, the Sydney Royal Easter Show has a lot to offer to its attendees. The amusement here never seems to stop!

For those of you who have never heard about the Sydney Royal Easter Show and are confused about what all this fuss is about, let us make things clearer! The show began in 1823 and soon became an important opportunity for the area’s growers and manufacturers to showcase their goods and compete.

Throughout the years, the Show has been displaying the best prize-winning cattle, the most well-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as the highest quality agricultural products. Best of all, it has been an amazing opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, and for farmers and animal lovers to gain hands-on knowledge of trends and technological advances.

Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?

Sydney Royal Easter Show

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Fun Facts

Okay, we’ve already established that the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a haven of animal experiences, live entertainment, and carnival fun. But just in case you’re interested to hear some more, here are some fun facts:

  • The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s biggest annual ticketed event that attracts over 850,000 visitors on average.
  • The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) invests $7 million every year in programs that support sustainable agricultural development.
  • The RAS is in close contact with more than 3,500 schools to teach young people about food origins, food security and career paths to agriculture.
  • The Show’s competitions attract more than 40,000 entries.
  • The Show has a wide range of competitions, including arts and crafts, photography and cookery, as well as tests of strength and skill such as wood chopping.
  • The Show also has shopping, restaurants, commercial stands, a horticultural display, as well as a dog show and cat show.

A Paradise for Rustic Lovers

Are you a proud owner of a well-bred cat? Or a skilled woodchopper? Maybe you’re an experienced winemaker? Why not be part of one of the Show’s competitions? The Sydney Royal Competitions set the benchmark for agricultural excellence and winning can be a recognition of dedication and ability. What’s more, winning an award can also give you a marketing advantage over your competition.

You don’t even have to compete. Come as an observer and discover the best practices and trends of the rural industry. Let’s take a closer look!

The Cat Show

The aim of the Cat Show is to promote public knowledge of the place of domestic animals in the community. Cats first appeared at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the end of the 19th century and they’re still a major part today. The event takes place within the Pavilion during which around 200 cats are displayed and judged daily. Fun fact: the Cat Show is the largest Royal feline event held in Australia.

Take a look at the schedule here.

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Baby Puppy Competition

This competition is completely adorable! Every afternoon, from the 12th until the 21st of April, you can see puppies aged between 3 – 6 months competing for the Best Baby Puppy award of the day.

Take a look at the schedule here.

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The Dog Show

The aim of the Sydney Royal Dog Show is to find the finest canine specimen. Every year, thousands of dogs compete in a wide range of areas, including agility, obedience, and conformation.

Take a look at the schedule here.

Caged Birds Competitions

The first Caged Bird Competition took place in 1869. Today, there are classes for African Lovebirds, Canaries, Parrots, Finches, and Budgerigars.

Take a look at the schedule here.

Alpaca Competition

Alpacas were introduced to the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1869. Since 1992, they have been a regular feature of the show. The Alpaca Competition is an internationally recognized event and the most prestigious one. It displays Huacaya and Suri breeds.

Take a look at the schedule here.

Livestock Competition

During the Sydney Royal Easter Show, a wide range of livestock is judged. From Merino sheep and beef cattle to pigs and goats, you can take a peek at different specimens that have been the major source of Australia’s wealth in the 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of the dairy cattle are breeds such as the Australian Illawarra Shorthorn, Friesian, Ayrshire, Jersey, and Guernsey. The breeds of beef cattle include Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, and Murray Grey.

Horses Competition

Did you know that the Sydney Royal Easter Show also includes horses competition? There are classes for horses, pairs, rodeo riders, and jumping. Some of the most popular horse breeds that are shown here are Australian Stock Horses, Buckskins, Clydesdales, Hackneys, Miniature Horses, and Australian National Saddlehorses, among others.

Other Fun Interesting Events to See

Arts and Crafts

This competition began as an event for the women. It included the making of scones, crocheting, lacemaking, embroidery, toymaking, and patchwork. Over the years, the competitions have been expanded to include cake decorating, leather work, homewares, dressed dolls, and dying of wool. The competition is one of the biggest Arts & Crafts events in Australia that attracts more than 5,000 entries in nearly 300 classes.

Flower & Garden

Apart from animal shows and arts & crafts competitions, visitors of the Sydney Royal Easter Show can also attend flower and garden exhibitions. This can be especially delightful for flower and garden enthusiasts who want to hear the best practices and latest trends in the industry. The flower and garden event is a haven for those who are interested in seeing the newest releases from cacti, dahlia, and rose growers.

Woodchop

It’s amazing how the Woodchopping and Sawing Competition has been a part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show for more than 100 years. Also known as the “Wimbledon of Woodchopping”, this event is run every 10 minutes over the course of 11 days.

Wine

Do you want to get an opportunity to try the best Australian wine? Or have your wine voted as the best product by industry experts? The Sydney Royal Easter Show has a tradition of recognizing the best Australian wine and attracts more than 2,300 entries every year from 370 wine producers. Winners can win the distinguished Sydney Royal award that is proof that their product has achieved a high level of quality.

Coffee

Are you a coffee connoisseur? Do you have a taste for finely roasted coffee beans? Then you should definitely attend the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Why? Because it has one of Australia’s leading coffee competitions. Exhibitors compete in different types of coffee, including latte, espresso, and decaffeinated.

Sydney Royal Easter Show

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What About Entertainment?

You’re probably thinking “There are so many competitions but where’s the entertainment”? We’re pretty sure that you want to see amusement rides and fireworks. There’s no need to worry because the Sydney Royal Easter Show has everything!

Some of the most spectacular entertainment events you’ll see this year include:

  • Coca-Cola Carnival: the carnival will include thrilling rides like Alien Abduction, Space Roller, Skymaster Wheel and Crazy Spinning Coaster.
  • Kid’s Carnival: the Kids’ Carnival will include fun rides like Enchanted Circus, Sea Circus, and Wave Swinger.
  • High Country Pony Rides: what an amazing way to introduce your child to the thrill of horse riding!
  • Kyle & Jackie O’s Haunted House: with 13 rooms, 16 actors, and 12 animatronics, this will scare you out of your wits.
  • Kids Street: from spinning Tea Cups and Merry Go Round to other fantastically fun carnival rides, Kids Street is designed for tiny tots to pre-teens.
  • Alpine Express: why not jump aboard the train and keep an eye out the window for the friendly animals as you journey through the high country?
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Circus Parade: the Parade will take place every day at 11.00am, 1.00pm, 4.00pm, and 6.00pm, from the Showgrounds streets through to the Main Arena.

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What About Food?

You’ll probably get hungry from all that fun-having so it’s only normal that there’ll be plenty of food places at the show. You couldn’t be more right! During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the best dishes at places like:

  • Greek Street Truck
  • Birdman Food Truck
  • Mr. Tortillas
  • American BBQ
  • Sydney Harbour Mobile Seafood
  • Taste of Italy
  • Waffleland
  • and so many more

Souvenir Shopping

What if we tell you that you can take home a souvenir? That would be amazing, right? Luckily, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, you can take home a showbag filled with different goodies. There is a wide range of showbags, including for teens, kids, for families, and adults. The prices range from $2 to $40 per showbag.

The most popular categories include:

  • Toys and novelty
  • Costume
  • Characters, TV, and movies
  • Food, snacks, and beverages
  • Confectionary
  • Gaming and sports

Time to Have Fun!

What? The Sydney Royal Easter Show.
When? 12-23 April.
Why? Because it’s the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere.

See you there!

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