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Greatest Easter Show Spectacular - Spectacular!

24 Apr 2019

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 A million dreams were made over 12 spectacular days at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show), delighting the 900,000 Showgoers who came through the gates. Hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW, the Show highlights the pivotal role agriculture plays in the health and wealth of our community, bringing a taste of life on the land to the city. RAS President Robert Ryan said the Show had a proud tradition of fostering competition, offering world-class entertainment and celebrating country traditions. "This year we've had 25,000 entrants competing across 5,500 competition classes, covering all breeds of animals, wine, food, dairy, horticulture and art, with more than 19,000 awards proudly presented. "The Show provides a valuable opportunity to promote agricultural excellence in NSW to all walks of life and it's been encouraging to see showgoers interacting with exhibitors and competitors keen to learn more about life on the land. "A great example of this has been the more than 3000 Ag Bags sold, raising $60,000 for the RAS Foundation’s Community Futures Grant program to support projects in rural and regional New South Wales," Mr Ryan said. Back in 2019, the Big Bush BBQ is a sausage sizzle with a purpose. Held each day of the Show, different NSW show societies have been picking up the tongs and firing up the barbie, with the proceeds going to support agricultural shows across the state. Highlights of the 2019 Show include: 1.6 million showbags sold 50,000 scones made by the CWA 22,000 riders on The Beast More than 3000 volunteers keeping the Show on the road Over 14,000 animals on site during the 12 days 400 animals at any one time in the Farmyard Nursery and over 1000 baby animals 100 hours of competition in the woodchop with 240 competitors from across 5 countries chopping through more than 4000 blocks 300 custard bombs and 200 unicorn buns sold each day All of this topped off with Showgoers putting it all on the line with two marriage proposal! The Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia's largest annual ticketed event returns to Sydney Showground from 3-14 April 2020.   For further information or hi-res images please contact: Nicola Dalby RAS Public Relations 0434 579 906 Read more LIVE NOW

Rock takes out the 2019 ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal 'Best in Show'

23 Apr 2019

Monday, 23 April 2019 An Australian Shepherd named Rock from New South Wales has been announced as the 2019 ADVANCE ™ Sydney Royal Dog Show 'Best in Show' at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show). During 10 days of competition, thousands of dogs competed in Conformation, Obedience, Agility and Sweepstake Competitions, with the best of the best chosen to compete in the final Best in Show. Pitted against six other premier quality dogs it was Nine-year-old Rock, the Australian Shepherd, who claimed the top prize.  Adding to an impressive resume, the win will be Rock's 31st 'best dog in show' across 16 months of competition. Rock will now head into retirement with his biggest achievement to date. 'Rock' was exhibited by Miss West from New South Wales who says it's a great way to bow out of competition; "It's a dream come true to win such a prestigious competition here at the Sydney Royal Easter Show," Ms West said. ADVANCE™ Best in Show Judge, Davor Javor, has been judging around the world for 30 years and said there was very little between all final seven dogs, as they were exceptional examples of their breeds. Thousands of dogs representing 170 breeds were exhibited at the Show to make it the nation's largest dog show and a consistent crowd pleaser. As well as a showcase for excellence, the ADVANCE Sydney Royal Dog Show promotes public understanding of the place of domestic animals in our community.   For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact: Nicola Dalby Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW E: ndalby@rasnwsw.com.au P: 02 9704 1042 Read more LIVE NOW

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 12 Highlights

23 Apr 2019

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 It's not too late to get along to the Greatest Easter Show Spectacular! Today is the last day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show which means it's all about the Kids! With entry as low as $13.50 today and two for one rides until 5 pm it's the perfect day out for the youngsters. So grab your carnival coupons, slap on a hat and head on over to the Show. Kids' Day Jam-packed with things to see and do they won't be disappointed!  From pony rides to pat-a-chick to the grand finale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fireworks at Sydney Showground Stadium, it's guaranteed non-stop entertainment all day.  Don't forget kids get in for half price until 4 pm and there's two for one rides until 5pm. Frog and Reptile Show Judging Get up close and personal with the best of the best non-venomous snakes, lizards and frogs during the frog and reptile show judging. Head on down to the Pet Pavilion where showgoers can witness one of the best competitions Australia has to offer.  Australian Whipcracking Championships Get cracking and whip on over to the woodchop stadium to catch the one day only, AWPA RM Williams Australian Whipcracking Championships from 9.00am. More than 40 competitors will battle it out, from peewees (under 8s) through to over 45s, our seasoned professionals will show you how it's done! District Exhibit Auction The produce has been judged and the people have spoken, now it's time to sell off some of Australia's finest display produce to raise money for local districts at the District Display's annual end of Show sale. 50,000 pieces of produce are used to create the exhibits and now it's your chance to grab a bargain whilst supporting our Australian Farmers. All left-over produce is then collected by Oz Harvest and distributed out to the community. All this and so much more at the Show!   For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact: Nicola Dalby Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW E: ndalby@rasnwsw.com.au P: 02 9704 1042 Read more LIVE NOW

Communities connect in the kitchen thanks to RAS Foundation

23 Apr 2019

22 April 2019 A new state-of-the-art kitchen is a dream for many keen community cooks, and the small communities of Nowra East, Narrabri and Guyra, have won just that thanks to a Community Kitchen Grant from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF). The Community Kitchen Grant provides recipients a share of over $30,000 worth of kitchen cabinetry, benchtops and kitchen appliances every year to towns in NSW that successfully demonstrate the benefits a kitchen upgrade would have on the local community. This year the kitchen and appliances have been generously donated by IKEA. The RASF Community Kitchen Grant winners were announced at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show) today. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Cecilia Logan, said the calibre of entries was high with more than 60 applications from communities across NSW received. "It was tremendously difficult to choose a winner as there are just so many worthy communities," Ms Logan said. "The winning applications demonstrated active, close knit communities able to achieve great things with a fabulous new kitchen. "A key factor was that the kitchen will receive broad use by different community groups and can attract new groups or events, resulting in additional revenue streams for local organisations." Alex McNeilly from the Nowra East Community Garden Kitchen Project Team, Nowra East Public School and Nowra East Community Pride Group is one of the deserving recipients of a Community Kitchen Grant and says it is life changing for the Nowra East community." "This grant and gift enable our community organisation to complete the internal build of our Nowra East community kitchen, it will facilitate lots of new programs including daily community cooking programs, Aboriginal Koori cook-ups, seniors cooking, multicultural cooking, garden to plate cooking and neighbourhood cooking programs," said Alex McNeilly. "Making this available to all of the community supports social cohesion, inclusion and health, and creates a strong resilient neighbourhood kitchen community." said Alex Narrabri and District Pony Club also received $4000 worth of products alongside extra benches and cabinetry while third placed Guyra Show Society took $5000 back to their community to put towards their kitchen. Ms Logan said for many small towns their local hall, social club or Show society are the very heart of the community. "They offer an area to meet, host local events and celebrate the township, and the kitchen is often at the very centre of all this activity, food and cooking bring communities together" she said. "We recognise this and understand the difficulty of raising money for local community projects, and that is where a Community Kitchen Grant can be so helpful." The charitable RAS Foundation (rasf.org.au) encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong, sustainable rural and regional communities through targeted grants and scholarships. The Show runs from 12-23 April 2019. Visit www.eastershow.com.au for more information. Photo: Right to left, Brock Gilmore, CEO RASNSW, Melissa Miller, Store Manager Ikea Marden Park, Stuart Grills, Guyra Show Society, Uncle Wayne Ardler, Aboriginal Kids Mentor, John Stovin-Bradford, Nowra East Public School Garden Kitchen Project (winners), Francis Drysdale, Narrabri Pony Club (runner-up), Jen Rapicano, Local Marketing Manager Ikea, Cecilia Logan, Manager RAS Foundation and Robert Ryan OAM, President RASNSW.  For more information please contact: Jacqui Grellman                                                                     Nicola Dalby Easter Show Media Team                                                      Communications Co-ordinator E:  Jacqui.grellman@coxinall.com.au                                     E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au P: 0408 069 388                                                                     M: 0434 579 906   About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation:     The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.   Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation Read more LIVE NOW

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 10 Highlights

21 Apr 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019 Happy Easter from the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show)! Hop on down and see why the Show is abuzz with excitement. From the bees to baby chicks, bunnies, bulls and buns, we've got you covered! Throw in the biggest Easter egg in Australia and Horseball and you're set for the best Easter ever! All the Easter fun The Show is making all your Easter dreams possible with Australia's largest chocolate Easter egg. Created by Darrel Lea, weighing in at one tonne and measuring two meters high, the egg is covered in 100kg of 100s and 1000s and took 220 hours to make! Drop by the Darrel Lea stall in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome for all your chocolate desires. Unicorn Buns Still feeling peckish, why not try a vibrant twist on the traditional Hot Cross Bun? Unicorn buns are rainbow coloured with a delectable hint of white chocolate delivering an explosion of fantastical flavour. Located in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome. Bee Zeebo For even more sweetness, make a beeline for the Bee-Zeebo to see how apiarists care for their bees and harvest honey. Did you know, bees can fly at speeds of up to 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second. They’re also critical to our food supply - pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables! So, take the opportunity to ask all the questions about beekeeping and honey that have been buzzing around in your head. On daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2,30pm and 4.30pm in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome Horseball Imagine Quidditch on horseback rather than broomsticks and you've got Horseball! A mix of polo, rugby and basketball, teams of six riders pass, tackle, block and shoot balls through hoops high in the air to gain points. A one-day only event, Horseball is a sport that needs to be seen to be believed! On in the Schmidt Arena from 9 to 2 pm. Professional Bull Riding You can't help but get drawn into the heart-stopping excitement of the Sydney Royal Rodeo Series. Exclusive to the Easter long weekend, head over to the Main Arena for the evening entertainment and catch international riders from Brazil and the United States perform at the Professional Bull Riding Spectacular. Who will hold on against all odds and claim the title? All this and so much more at the Show! For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact:   Nicola Dalby Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW E: ndalby@rasnwsw.com.au P: 02 9704 1042 Read more LIVE NOW

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 9 Highlights

20 Apr 2019

Saturday, 20 April 2019 It's Easter Saturday and it’s all about the young guns at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show)! Young farmers will certainly be bringing the country to the city today as they battle it out in the regional and state finals of the Young Farmer Challenge, while over in the Main Arena, the VaultAire group will wow you with their gymnastic skills on horseback. All this and so much more at the Show today! Young Farmer Challenge Join us for a spectacular display of modern farm skills as the Young Farmer Challenge takes over the Schmidt Arena. Mixed teams of four, aged 18 to 35 years, will showcase their abilities as they fight to impress judges with any task thrown at them. Teams won't know what they’re up against until the competition gets underway, and they could be tested on anything from animal handling to fencing, tractor driving and even firefighting. It's all in a day's work for these farmers. Teams must have won a Young Farmers Challenge at an agricultural show in regional NSW to qualify for the Regional Final. The Regional Final will be on from 10 am and State Final will start at 2pm. VaultAire Be blown away by the talent and skill of equestrian vaulting, which originated in Roman times and is often referred to as gymnastics on horseback. Performing a series of exercises using a horse as their 'stage', horse and gymnast must work together to create a beautiful display of trust and unity. ValutAire is a part of the lunchtime entertainment in the Main Arena from 12pm, which also includes Murray Wilkinson and his working dogs, ShowTime FMX, and the Isuzu D-Max Precision Driving team. Edu-tainment It's all about interactive education at the Show as we aim to teach children the importance of agriculture and the role it plays in their lives. Drop by the Woolworths Food Farm where kids can enjoy a host of free activities including digging for vegetables, grinding grains into flour, cooking and baking sessions. They'll also learn about food waste, the role of drones in agriculture and be able to take a fully immersive virtual reality paddock to plate journey into the world of Australian sheep farming, transportation, processing, and end markets such as butchers, using innovative 360-degree 3D VR technology. The Woolworths Food Farm helps everyone acknowledge the importance of our farmers. So, at the end of all this fun, be sure to write a little thank you note to our farmers before you leave - they'll love it! For more information please contact: Jacqui Grellman                                                                      Nicola Dalby Easter Show Media Team                                                       Communications Manager E:  Jacqui.grellman@coxinall.com.au                                      E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au P: 0408 069 388                                                                      M: 0434 579 906 Read more LIVE NOW

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 8 Highlights

19 Apr 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019 If you thought you'd seen it all, head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show today to experience everything from Goat Yoga to medieval sports, tree felling and search dog displays. Goat Yoga Ever wanted to practice your vinyasas while surrounded by curious goats, well here’s your chance. Over on the Paddington Lawns today we'll be running 15 minute Goat Yoga sessions from 9.30 - 5.00pm. These curious creatures are a lot of fun and we’re sure you'll never want to practice yoga without them again. Search Dogs Search dogs take over on the Howie pavilion from 5 pm daily. These pooches demonstrate their extraordinary skills at locating missing persons. On average, in NSW, 160 people are reported missing each week. Search Dogs Sydney Inc are highly trained specialist search technicians working with these exceptional canines to locate missing loved ones. Alpaca Once you've got your goat fix, head over to Cattle and Alpaca Pavilion to check out the alpacas with shearing of the Huyaca and Suri classes happening today. Watch as the world's best Alpaca shearers get out their clippers and battle it out in the International Alpaca Shearing Competition every hour from 10am. Meanwhile, the beautiful Suri (long, luxurious fibre) and Huacaya (soft fleece with natural crimp) breeds are both competing in their own sections for Best Alpaca throughout the day. Skill at Arms Skill at Arms will see riders gallop around the course and use medieval 'weaponry' to attack targets. The sport requires a high level of accuracy and is a fantastic activity to watch drawing strong comparisons with ancient cavalry sports. Skill at Arms will be held in Schmidt Arena at 3 pm. Tree felling championships The Sydney Royal Woodchopping & Sawing competition 325mm World Championship Tree Felling Contest is on today from 3.20 at the Woodchop Stadium.  The Wimbledon of Woodchop! For more information please contact: Jacqui Grellman                                                                     Nicola Dalby Easter Show Media Team                                                      Communications Manager E:  Jacqui.grellman@coxinall.com.au                                     E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au P: 0408 069 388                                                                     M: 0434 579 906 Read more LIVE NOW

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 7 Highlights

18 Apr 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Today we're winding back the clock and celebrating World Heritage Day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show). With a rich 197-year history, the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW knows a thing or two about the importance of history and heritage. Today show patrons will be transported back to the 1870s with the National Trust accredited Bathurst Trades Trail and the Clydesdale Country experience.  Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail In celebration of World Heritage Day, artisans from the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail will take over the Amphitheatre Lawns, giving visitors a taste of the annual Bathurst heritage festival. Skilled artisans will demonstrate traditional weaving and spinning, wheelwrighting and coach building, stonemasonry, saddle and whip making, blacksmithing and Cobb and Co coach building. Clydesdale Country Clydesdale horses have always played an important part in agricultural history, from generating horsepower to turning the wheel of industry. Drop by Clydesdale Country today and watch as these beautiful horses light up a homestead and the wheelwright demonstration creates a carriage wheel. If you ask nicely the Clydesdales might even charge your phone! Heritage Pavilion Every day is world heritage day at the Heritage Pavilion and this year it's all about the 1870s. Drop by to check out the magnificent collection of perpetual trophies, the RAS official carriage and Caleche. Check out the Street Organ brought all the way from Melbourne for this year's Show. Police Musical Rides First performed at the Show in 1907, the Police musical rides have a long history at the Show. The combination of precision riding drills, magnificently turned out horses and live music from the NSW Police band is a world-class musical ride. Catch the performance at 5.25pm in the stadium. Cavies - Guinea Pigs Centre Stage for One Day Only The Sydney Royal Cavy Show is on today, for one day only, in the Pet Pavilion. The Show runs from 12 - 23 April 2019. Visit www.eastershow.com.au for more information. For more information please contact: Jacqui Grellman                                                                      Nicola Dalby Easter Show Media Team                                                      Communications Manager E:  Jacqui.grellman@coxinall.com.au                                     E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au P: 0408 069 388                                                                     M: 0434 579 906 Read more LIVE NOW
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