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Learn & Grow

Learn & Grow

It doesn't matter how old (or young) you are, the Show is a great place to learn.

It doesn't matter how old (or young) you are, the Show is a great place to learn something new about Australian animals and agriculture through live demonstrations, hands-on experiences and awe-inspiring displays.

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Be a Junior Farm Hand

There are loads of free Junior Farm Hands activities in the Woolworths Food Farm that will keep kids entertained for hours.

There are loads of free Junior Farm Hands activities in the Woolworths Food Farm that will keep kids entertained for hours.  Primary School aged kids will learn all about farming and where their food comes from through hands-on interactive learning like the opportunity to mill grain, trowel through the vegetable digging plot, collect an egg from the chook house, and so much more.

Kids can also experience a slice of farm life by getting a tractor licence when they climb up onto the orange Kubota tractor or meet with NSW Farmers who will hand out Jillaroo and Jackaroo work cards if they can successfully answer some simple questions or complete a Farm Play challenge on the mini farm.

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Dairy Farmers Working Dairy

How do milk, butter and cheese get from the grassy meadow paddock to the breakfast table?

How do milk, butter and cheese get from grassy paddock to breakfast table? Dairy Farmers Working Dairy takes you behind-the-barn-door to see the inside workings of a modern dairy.

In this display of contemporary agricultural technology in action, you will see state-of-the-art machinery in operation, watch as cows are milked and learn how today’s dairy farmers monitor their herd for maximum performance.

Visit the Working Dairy and the nearby Dairy Farmers Milking Barn for a look at the incredible changes that present-day technology has brought to the business of agriculture.

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Sheep Shearing & Display

Come and see super-speedy champion shearers as they showcase their sensational skills.

Come and see super-speedy champion shearers as they showcase their sensational skills.  

As they present a new line-up of performing sheep for your delight, you’ll laugh at tales of life on the land and the goings-on in the shearing sheds. Each session some lucky audience members are invited onstage to help take the clippers to a woolly sheep, as the experts explain the tricks of the trade.

The shearing display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show brings together world-class shearers who collectively have vast experience and knowledge of all matters concerning the wool industry.

Jim Murray is Head Shearer at the Show and he’ll be joined by Ian Elkin who was in the news in 2015 when he was chosen to shear a sheep rescued by the RSPCA in Canberra. The sheep had lost its flock and accumulated a fleece weighing a staggering 40.45 kilograms. The usual weight of shorn fleeces is between 5–6 kilograms. 

From 6 – 12 April you can watch sheep shearing demonstrations in The Daily Telegraph Paddock at The Outback Stockman Arena. 

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Snowy River Horse Experience

The Snowy River Horse Experience is the place to learn about the incredible variety of breeds that call Australia home.

The Snowy River Horse Experience is the place to learn about the incredible variety of breeds that call Australia home.

Here, at Snowy River Station, breeds of all shapes and sizes stand hoof to flank. In the arena you'll be amazed by a presentation of horses used in films and show business along with the incredible skills of experienced horsemen.

At 2pm daily, the secrets to training the stars of the evening entertainment, 'Man From Snowy River', will be revealed. Before you leave, have a photo with your favourite filly or stallion in the Meet & Greet Zone.

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Yandiah Spinners & Weavers

So, how does wool get from the sheep's back onto yours?

So, how does wool get from the sheep’s back onto yours? You’ll find out in this display which demonstrates how wool is collected, prepared, spun and knitted into clothing.

Here you’ll also learn about other wool craft including crocheting, disk braiding and latchhook. The Yandiah ladies who run this display every day of the Show, have volunteered their time for many years. They are tireless in their efforts to promote wool and its benefits.

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Shearing in The Paddock

Come and see super-speedy champion shearers as they showcase their sensational skills.

Come and see super-speedy champion shearers as they showcase their sensational skills.

You'll laugh at tales of life on the land and the goings-on in the shearing sheds. Each session some lucky audience members are invited to help take the clippers to a woolly sheep, as the experts explain the tricks of the trade.

The shearing display at the Sydney Royal Easter Show brings together world-class shearers who collectively have vast experience and knowledge of all matters concerning the wool industry.

You can also see sheep shearing in the Sheep & Wool Pavilion from 13 - 19 April. Check Pavilion for session times.

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Rural Achievers and Showgirl presentations

Find out which Rural Achievers have the gift of the gab and who will take home the title of 2017 The Land Sydney Showgirl at this nail-biter of an awards ceremony.

Find out which Rural Achievers have the gift of the gab and who will take home the title of 2017 The Land Sydney Showgirl at this nail-biter of an awards ceremony.

The RAS Rural Achiever Award and The Land Sydney Showgirl Competition are state-wide leadership programs run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to recognise future leaders.

The Rural Achiever Award aims to acknowledge the achievements of young people working hard to make a significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia. A public speaking showcase at the Sydney Royal Easter Show gives each of the eight finalists the opportunity to demonstrate their oratory skills and voice their opinion on a current issue affecting Australia's agricultural industry.

The first Showgirl competition was held in 1962 and attracted women interested in strengthening links with local organisations. Today, contestants are young rural women with purpose and ambition who have competed in their local Show Society and won a zone final to finally end up at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Here they'll face a panel of three judges and a series of questions in front of a live audience. The winning Showgirl will become an ambassador for rural NSW, the agricultural show movement as a whole, and the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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Chook Washing and Pat a Chick

Be sure to head to the Steggles Poultry Pavilion to see some of the country’s most pampered poultry during their daily beauty routine.

Be sure to head to the Steggles Poultry Pavilion to see some of the country’s most pampered poultry during their daily beauty routine.

You’ll never guess what goes into preparing chooks for competition. Watch as the birds are lathered, fluffed and blow-dried. All the while, an experienced commentator will talk you through the demonstration which is, quite literally, all for show!

Children can then pat the friendly farmyard fowls in one of the Pat a Chick sessions which is also a great photo opportunity.  

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