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  • Rikki Lambert

Royal Easter Show showcases regional NSW's finest

Regional New South Wales will be on show in Sydney for the 168th Royal Easter show, with over 800,000 visitors expected to attend from Friday over a fortnight.

The Royal Easter Show also marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS).

Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday:

“The Royal Easter Show is a fun day out for families that celebrates the achievements and advances of regional and rural communities from across the state.
“The Show will also acknowledge the incredible work of the RAS which has helped rural and regional communities carry on despite the losses suffered in droughts, bushfires, floods, wars and global pandemics throughout its 200 year history."

Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said this year congratulated all involved for showcasing what NSW's primary industries had to offer:

“Our farmers have been through an incredibly challenging few years, so it’s great for the people of NSW to be able to come together and see the fantastic work being done in the agriculture space.
“The Show is definitely an educational event; it brings the country to the city and showcases real agricultural achievements and history.

Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said NSW Fair Trading investigators have given the tick of approval to all 392 separately branded showbags after a thorough inspection process, while SafeWork NSW inspectors are monitoring the rides and food stalls .

The Royal Easter Show received a $15.1 million boost earlier this week from the federal government to 'relieve cash flow pressures' and ensure it could go ahead.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said on Wednesday that agricultural shows and field days contribute over $1 billion to the economy each year.

“Agricultural shows are an integral part of Australian culture and the most authentic and accessible display of Australian farming and regional life.
“They attract more than 6 million patrons, a lot of who are from regional and remote communities and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers.

In December, deputy premier Paul Toole announced a funding package to assist some of the state's 190 agricultural shows on staging their events that build up to the Royal Easter Show.

The NSW Government’s $5 million Country Shows Support Package was designed to provide certainty to show organisers that they can lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods.

Wagga Wagga's Kate Webster will attend to represent her district after winning the Wagga Showgirl back in 2019. Pandemic restrictions saw the Royal Show cancelled in 2020.

Visitors to this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show will get to immerse themselves in Australia’s world-leading red meat production systems with the innovative and unique Australian Good Meat Paddock to Plate ‘igloo’ on display.

The ‘igloo’ – a fully immersive video space – will showcase both Australian Beef and Lamb paddock to plate experiences, along with five red meat producers from across different parts of Australia telling their story on how they produce Australia’s world-renowned red meat, with a focus on animal well-being, sustainability, biodiversity and innovation.

The Royal Easter Show opened on Friday and continues until Tuesday, 19th April


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