Sydney Royal Easter Show
As the world is gripped by fear, and anxiety levels are lifting, major events are being cancelled. One of the big ones in Australia to be cancelled is the Sydney Royal Easter Show that attracts up to 900,000 people over 11 days. The first Sydney agricultural show was held in 1823 with the aim to “encourage and promote rural industry through competition, education and events”.
Although not as frequent goers lately, because of distance, the Sydney Royal holds a dear place in my heart having attended annually as a child to watch the dairy cattle judging, even getting a day off school to do so. I went through all my childhood photos hoping to find one that could sum up my feelings about what this show means to me; I only found this one… taken in 1987 of my then boyfriend, now husband, competing in the Ag Bike Competition on the main arena. And the memories came flooding back…. the Ferris wheel, the chair lift across the showground, the rides, the show bags, the exhibits, the animals, the farmers.
It will not be happening this year, but it will be back bigger and better in 2021.