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As country Victoria's largest four-day show, the Royal Geelong Show far surpasses other 'country' shows. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with even more activities and events scheduled than in previous years, and more opportunities for young and old to enjoy themselves.
From the 18th to the 21st of October, the Geelong Showgrounds in East Geelong will be bursting at the seams with amusement park rides, animals, arts and crafts, farm machinery, sideshows and (of course) showbags.
There is seriously something for everybody to enjoy- whether you are interested in watching the numerous competitions that will be held (including equestrian, woodchopping, and dog shows), viewing the homecraft, horticulture and cooking displays, or walking around the livestock sheds, where prize-winning cattle and sheep stand proudly in their hay-lined stalls. Keeping with the country show theme, children will also have the opportunity to play with baby animals (such as lambs, rabbits and ducklings) in Harry's Bendigo Bank Farmyard.
There will be lots of cute animals around for you to pet and view
There will also be art and photography exhibitions, and an abundance of homecraft and school displays in the pavilions, where ordinary folk have jumped at the chance to try and win a prize for their handiwork.
As per usual, the Geelong Show will also have on display its vintage agricultural machinery, which always promises to be a loud, and diesel-fume-filled experience (especially for those unfamiliar with old rural life).
The Show features embroidery and plenty of other arts and crafts
If all of this sounds a little too rustic for your liking then you needn't worry, as the Royal Geelong Show caters for other interests. Among the many rides, sideshow games, live music, and food and wine stalls, there will also be plenty for rev-heads to enjoy, including monster truck shows and the Toyota Hilux Heroes (a stunt team who perform exciting (and sometimes nerve-wracking) shows for the crowds).
A small glimpse of some of the rides that will be running this year
Friday and Saturday nights will also feature large fireworks displays, put on by Geelong's radio stations, Bay FM and K-Rock, respectively.
One of the highlights of the school calendar, the Royal Geelong Show provides a much- anticipated day off towards the business end of the educational year, as well as an enjoyable and fun experience for children and adults alike.