NSW Royal Agricultural Society, host of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, turns 200!

Farming history will be on display at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney as the governing body celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Nearly 8,500 animals will take part over 12 days, starting Friday, with tens of thousands more entries in competitions judging everything from rats to roosters and reptiles.

As part of the 200 year celebrations of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, there is also a competition for the best young riders and dog owners themed around the era, complete with costumes from the 1800s.

The show’s general manager of agriculture, Murray Wilton, told AAP that the event stays true to its roots.

“We are doing today what we were doing 200 years ago, but we are doing it on a much larger scale,” he said.

“It all started with a group of farmers who thought their cattle were better than their neighbors, and it all grew from there.”

The wet weather failed to dampen the proceedings, with competitors traveling from all over Australia and tickets in high demand, he added.

Among the history on display is a 3D timeline using products to represent the Royal Agricultural Society over the past two centuries, as well as a display of vintage tractors.

A parade of horses, carriages, herders and machinery will wind from the show’s birthplace in Parramatta in western Sydney to its current home at Sydney’s Olympic Park on Saturday morning.

High school students Yassie Jones and Madison Bailey are among the competitors who traveled from Tamworth in the NSW country to take part in the junior beef cattle parade competition.

“It helps you with a lot of organizational skills, making sure you’re in the ring with your cow prepped, ready to go… making sure you know what you’re doing, what the judge is looking for,” 14 -Old Madison.

Wilton said educating visitors and competitors is a highlight of the show.

“With all of our competitions, our judges will provide feedback to everyone who is entered so that they can improve their livestock, they can improve their wine, their cheese, their foodstuffs, their wool, their grain,” he said. he declares.

While no COVID-19 restrictions are in place to limit crowds, RAS has opted to limit the show to 80,000 visitors per day to provide people with a less crowded experience.

Previous shows have exceeded 120,000 visitors.

The show’s official opening on Saturday includes a touch of royalty, with Princess Anne doing the honours.

The show lasts until April 19.


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