Everyone loves an agricultural show and Western Australia’s local fair is the Perth Royal Show.
I love the Perth Royal Show so much I spend everyday of the week long event dragging the family around the suburban venue, rain, hail or shine, every single year. It’s not just the free yoghurt, choc milk and iced coffee on offer in the Dairy Pavilion or the sample cheese and crackers of the IGA Pavilion. It’s not the little bit of country on display to city folk that rarely leave the CBD, the many stuffed toys on offer after “winning” a surprisingly hard game of chance or even the free entry I get with my media pass. The Show is all of this of course but so much more.
The atmosphere of the Show is electric. Kids buying showbags, farmers showing off their prize livestock, teenagers screaming their lungs out in side show ally. Everyone is having fun and it just feels good. Granted the sales people in the pavilions aren’t offering anything you haven’t seen before but at least they are all offering it in the same place. The discerning buyer can pick and chose what they want to look at over a matter of metres without the need to travel the urban sprawl that is the Perth shopping scene. Who doesn’t love watching a demonstration of a tool that can slice, dice and vacuum at the same time anyway?
Clubs, such as those representing canine and scouting organisations, can court new members and show off 12 months of hard work. Amateur cooks and crafters can compete for that prestigious prize certificate presented in competitions which pit their talents against those of like minded home bakers. Who does have the tastiest family cake or slice recipe in the State? Only “Show” judges can give an unbiased opinion based on a clearly defined schedule honed to perfection over decades. No family niceties required.
The Show offers people a chance to delve deeper into our community and it’s workings where they may otherwise just walk past. Where else could you climb all over a siege busting, police Bearcat vehicle before patting a pig or trying your hand at some sheep shearing? No where that’s where. The show is full of wonder and excitement for kids and adults alike and is a great place to visit and become involved in a miriad of unique presentations and daily fun filled, action packed adventures. Who knows you may even learn something.