Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sydney Royal Easter Show
The Sydney Royal Easter Show, also referred to as the Royal Easter Show, the Easter Show or the Royal, is an annual event that comprises an agricultural show, an arts and crafts fair, and an amusement park. It is organized by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. With over 850,000 attendees, it is one of the largest events in Australia.

In 1823, the newly formed Agricultural Society of New South Wales held the first Easter Show in order to encourage the rural industries of Australia. It took place in the city of Parramatta. The agricultural exhibition featured sheep, cattle, pigs, horses and poultry. The event was named the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1891, when Queen Victoria awarded the society and its annual show the right to use the word “Royal” in its name.

The show has been held every year since 1869 with only two exceptions. It was canceled in 1919 due to an outbreak of the Spanish flu and went on a hiatus between 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War. Since 1998, the event has been held at Sydney Olympic Park.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is first and foremost the celebration of Australian culture, from the country’s rural traditions to modern day lifestyles. Its main goal is to promote agricultural excellence and keep the rural communities strong and thriving. The two-week event is packed with agricultural exhibitions and competitions, carnival fun, live entertainment, and more. It features a wide range of exciting events and attractions for visitors of all ages, providing unique experience for everyone.

The program of the Show features a horticultural display, a flower show, a livestock showcase, equestrian events, an animal nursery, animal shows, rural competitions (woodchop, tent pegging, polocrosse, rodeo, etc.), arts and crafts display and competition (cooking, cake decoration, knitting, leatherwork, woodwork, lacemaking, enamelling, embroidery, patchwork, ceramics, silverwork, photography, sculpture, painting, and others), practical demonstrations, children’s events, government displays, amusement rides, sideshows, evening entertainment, and more.

The highlight of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is the Grand Parade that has been taking place since 1907. It is a spectacular procession featuring the best of the best in Australian agriculture. Its main goal is to showcase the winners of the Sydney Royal Competition and celebrate Australians agriculture. The Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Parade is believed to be the world’s first agricultural parade. Since its inception, it has been copied by all major agricultural shows in Australia.

Sydney Royal Easter Show

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