Special Days & EventsNot sure which day to head to the Show? There are a range of special events and discounted prices offered across the 14 days that may help you decide.
Official Opening - Saturday 12 April
Her Excellency Professor Marie R Bashir AC CVO, the Governor of NSW, will officially open the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show in the Main Arena at 5.10pm.
The Official Opening Ceremony program:
4:40 pm Guard of Honour enters Main Arena
4:50 pm Caleche enters the Main Arena
5:00 pm Official Opening of the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show
5:25 pm Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Parade
Thrill-seekers can enjoy unlimited carnival rides (Kids Carnival & Coca-Cola Carnival) on opening day between 10am and 2pm for just $35 (excludes Sling Shot).
Heritage Day – Sunday 13 April
Heritage Day is all about celebrating our colonial past. A range of traditional and interactive fair challenges will take place on the Main Arena from 2 - 4pm including egg and spoon racing, sack races, gumboot throwing and folk dancing.
The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Presentation - Sunday 13 April
Showcasing some of the finest young people in agriculture, The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Presentation will shine the spotlight on these future leaders. This year it will be held outside of Youth in Ag Day.
As part of the final stage of judging for The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition, the finalists will be interviewed on stage by RAS General Manager of Agriculture, Murray Wilton, at the presentation. The winner, who will become an ambassador to promote the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the agricultural show movement across New South Wales, will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
When: 13 April, 2pm
Where: Big Top Amphitheatre
Rural Achiever Public Speaking Showcase - Sunday 13 April
Showcasing some of the finest young people in agriculture, the RAS Rural Achiever Public Speaking Showcase will shine the spotlight on these future leaders. This year it will be held outside of Youth in Ag Day.
The RAS Rural Achiever Public Speaking Showcase will see each of the eight aspiring agricultural leaders deliver a prepared speech on a given topic. The Rural Achiever Award, now in its 25th year, is a leadership program run by the RAS to develop future leaders and recognise those who are working hard to make a significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia.
When: 13 April, 2pm
Where: Big Top Amphitheatre
Excellence in Agriculture Day – Tuesday 15 April
Excellence in Agriculture Day will celebrate Australian agriculture and showcase the best in agricultural innovation and excellence at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
A highlight of the day will be the Parade of Champions that will honour and recognise the contribution of top exhibitors and contributors across all Sydney Royal competitions, in a special ceremony on the Main Arena. Following the presentation will be the Grand Parade, showcasing the ‘best of the best’ in agricultural excellence.
When: 15 April, 3 - 4pm
Where: Main Arena
Hot Topic Debate - Tuesday 15 April
“Is foreign ownership essential to Australia’s farming future?”
The RAS Hot Topic Debate, a highlight event of Excellence in Agriculture Day, has been held for the past three years at the Show and continues to gain momentum amongst Council, RAS members and agricultural industry representatives.
The debate topic, which aims to simulate discussion about a key agricultural issue affecting the industry, will focus on the role of foreign ownership in Australian agriculture. The event will take place on the Cattle Lawns and be a free event to attend for the first time, encouraging show-goers to engage with this important topic.
A ticketed cocktail reception will be held after the debate, where guests will have the opportunity to network with the speakers and panelists. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When: 15 April, 1pm-3pm
Where: Cattle Lawns
Tickets: $20 RAS members / $40 non-members. Includes Show entry, priority seating and cocktail reception.
RAS Members: to purchase tickets, click here
General Admission: to purchase tickets, click here
Seniors Days – Tues 15 & Wed 16 April
Supported by Seniors Card and Telstra.
Senior showgoers can trial the latest technology, pick up some freebies or simply put their feet up and have a cuppa at the new Seniors Hub.
The Hub will be a hive of activity throughout the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show, but also the focal point for Seniors Days on 15 and 16 April.
Telstra and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services have come together to sponsor the event, which will also include special offers and relevant seniors’ information.
Senior showgoers can pick up a free promotional bag, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, trial tablets and smart phones at the Telstra Tech Savvy stand, or relax in the chill-out area at the Hub.
There is also a photo competition that encourages Showgoers to submit old photos or take a ‘senior selfie’ at this year’s Show to have the chance to win an iPad, phone cards or mobile phones from Telstra.
Exclusive Seniors Days offers and Show highlights of interest include:
- Seniors can enjoy free carnival rides with a paying child or friend (excludes the Sling Shot).
- Judy Horton from Yates will present ‘Growing Vegies and Herbs in Small Places’ from 11am to 1pm on 15 April inside the Flower & Garden Pavilion.
- Present a Seniors’ Card at the Sydney Royal Florist Shop and receive a 10 per cent discount on fresh flowers.
- Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic District Exhibits. Visit the Western District Exhibit at 9.30am and pick up a ticket for one of the four daily tours. Numbers are limited.
- Take a walk down memory lane with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to see the heritage and trophy collection. No bookings required for regular sessions. The meeting point is inside the Heritage Gallery and guided tours are only available on Seniors Days.
- Technology reporter Stephen Fenech will present daily technology talks at the Tech Arena, covering topics such as curved televisions, smart watches, personal activity trackers and home innovation using Wi-Fi networks.
- Find out about healthy eating options with daily cooking sessions at the Australian Women’s Weekly Theatre Kitchen inside the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome.
- Discover the Sydney Royal Poultry Show and learn about prize birds with Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Poultry Manager Kerry Pearce. Talks will be held at 10am and 1pm on 15 April.
Program content is subject to change
Youth in Ag Day – Saturday 19 April
Youth in Ag Day celebrates the enormous contribution young people making to the agriculture industry and rural communities. Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and join in using the hashtag #youthinag
Young Farmer Challenge
A highlight of the day will be the 2014 RAS Young Farmer Challenge, testing the skills and expertise of young farmers in a series of on-farm challenges. This year the competition will be heating up as we take winning teams from local challenges around NSW to compete in the State Final.
When: Saturday, 19 April
Where: Heats, 10am, Schmidt Arena
Where: Final, 4.20pm, Main Arena
Catch Up at The Royal
The signature event on Youth in Ag Day moved to an exciting new venue in 2013, with the Sky Deck offering the best seats in the house for all the live action on the Main Arena, followed by fantastic live music throughout the night. RAS Youth Group will take over the Sky Deck once again this year.
When: 6pm, Saturday, 19 April
Where: Sky Deck
Follow the links below to purchase your tickets to this sellout event: RAS Members or General Admission
Catch Up at The Royal supports the RAS Foundation who provide grants and scholarships to help rural Australians realise their potential through education, make a difference in their communities and achieve their ambitions. $5 from the purchase of each ticket will go towards creating opportunities for young people in rural areas through the RAS Foundation.
Kids Day – Wednesday 23 April
It’s the last, but definitely not the least, day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Enjoy FREE carnival rides with a paying friend until 5pm, 23 April. Must be same ride, at same time and excludes Sling Shot ride and Hollywood Horrors.