It has been a long time between rides, showbags and dagwood dogs, but the Sydney Royal Easter Show is back, and regional patrons are ready for its return on April 1.
- The Royal Easter Show will run April 1 – 12
- COVID-safe plans will be in place, showing when a pavilion is at, or near, capacity
- The show was one of the first major events cancelled because on the pandemic in 2020
Students at St Johns College in Dubbo have been using every spare minute to make sure their prized animals are show ready.
Year 11 agriculture students have been training, conditioning and grooming their livestock for the show circuit.
“It’s been a long 12 months but we’re very excited to be back,” Nicola, a Year 11 student said.
“It’s a great feeling to get back into the swing of things and have some sort of routine again.”
The students were left devastated last year when the Sydney Royal Easter show was called off due to COVID-19.
Head of agriculture at the school, Ben Toll said it always took a long time to prepare.
“Things were really tough last year when we were advised that Sydney wasn’t going ahead, we’d spent an enormous amount of time and money on it,” Mr Toll said.
The pandemic came in the midst of the worst drought in living memory, but that has since turned around.
“I’ve been in Dubbo for a long time and I think that was the worst I’ve seen it and now it’s the best I’ve seen it,” Mr Toll said.
COVID-safe traffic light system
The Sydney show attracts 850,000 visitors on average each year, but crowds will be monitored for COVID-safety at this event which will run from April 1 to 12.
“The past two years have shown us the real strength and resilience of rural and regional Australia, our famers and Aussie communities, and the show is a chance to celebrate this,” general manager of Agriculture and the Show, Murray Wilton said.
“We are working closely with NSW Health to ensure the 2021 Show is compliant with all COVID-safe requirements to keep everyone safe while delivering a fun, world-class event.
“In addition to other measures, this means managing our site capacity each day in line with NSW Government event guidelines and physical distancing rules.”
Organisers have also created an app to help monitor crowds at various locations.
On the Royal Easter Show app there will be a traffic light system.
If a pavilion is green, it is below the agreed capacity, orange is nearing capacity and red means it is full.
Showgirl held title for extra year
Steph Ferguson has been the longest reigning Bathurst Showgirl after keeping the title for an extra year.
“The Sydney Royal is a really important part of agricultures industry ability to connect to its consumers,” she said.
She will compete alongside 14 other young agricultural ambassadors in the the Sydney Royal Showgirl finals.
“There’s some amazing and talented girls who have entered this year, but I’m just so excited to get to meet them all, form some networks and get to spend more time at the show and represent country women.”