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Royal Melbourne Show 2013

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Where the country meets the city


Nothing beats the country coming to the city except perhaps for the huge crowds that descend on the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds each September all looking for a fun day out.

This year will be no different with the 2013 and 158th Royal Melbourne Show set to be staged from Saturday 21st of September through to the 2nd of October, a huge 12 days full of action packed activity.



Get into the country spirit and head to the arts, craft and cookery exhibition area to have a look at Victoria's prized sponges, scones, jams, fruit cakes and those amazing wedding cakes that are always impressive. The craft area is equally good with the knitted shawls, baby wear and even though it sounds a bit daggy. The effort and skill involved in creating these masterpieces is simply outstanding and well worth a look. This year there are 350 categories that include photography, arts, craft and cooking.

Photography section in the art, craft and cookery section


A show wouldn't be a show without farm animals and it's what makes the Melbourne show great, even though the horses seem to be on the decline in the past few years which is disappointing. The cattle, sheep, alpaca, and the baby animals still come in good numbers.



The cattle pavilion is great. Last year the kids milked a cow, received free tubs of yoghurt and got Bega cheese toasties for $2; I love a bargain at the show with all the over priced food.

Show jumping event


The most prestigious event for the entire show would have to be the Garryowen Equestrian Turnout. The rider that wins this event gains a coveted spot on the trophy and gains instant recognition with coverage on the news and editorials Australia wide.

Perhaps the cutest event is the hotly contested junior Shetland turnout, with tiny tots being led around the arena on their much loved Shetland pony.

The Trans Tasman Jumping Test will be held during the show and will be a great to watch.

competition winning fleece

Sheep are plentiful throughout the show, you will see them competing in the ring, in shearing demonstrations, giving birth in the baby animal exhibition and you will also notice their fleece being judged.

Dog agility competitions


Throughout the twelve days of the show different breeds of dogs will be on display, the children love watching them being groomed and always have a giggle with poodles, but on the serious side it's a great way to ask breeders questions about certain breeds to see which breed is most likely to suit your family's needs. An interesting fact is that the dog show is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere with over 4,000 dogs and 200 breeds.



Cats will be competing over two days. It's best to check the RASV program so you don't miss the breed you want to see.



For all the boys/men out there, the wood chop will take precedent over most of the shows offerings and this years competition will be stronger than ever with $90,000 in prize money up for grabs.



What would the show be without heaps of rides to turn your stomach upside down, inside out and make you wish you had waited a little longer before eating a dagwood dog, which in turn seems to be part of the appeal for teenagers!

The show bags are incredibly popular despite the lack of value, the novelty seems to win them over every time.



There are so many great things to see at the show for so many age groups, the littlies have there own carnival area near the animal nursery. The older kids have a different section near the show bag hall and often enjoy the displays on the main arena and the stunt shows. For more mature people the food and wine show will be appreciated along with much of the competitions.

Getting to the show is easiest on public transport with a train stopping at the Showgrounds and runs every ten minutes from Flinders, Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations. Trains depart the show grounds every 15 minutes. Car parking is available at the show but expect to pay around $20.
There is a show special that includes public transport and entry, watch out for special offers available from 1st August.



Ticket prices and sales will be announced on the 1st of August, check their website for further details as they become available.

See you at the show!

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Where: 21 Epsom Rd Ascot Vale
Cost: To be announced on the 1st of August
Your Comment
Thanks Lorraine great article!
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5195) 1834 days ago
Nice one. I'm looking forward to the show this
Year. Yes I do agree on the show bags, not a
Lot of value in them anymore. Thank you for the
Article it has reminded me to make a day free
For the show. Cheers
by bakerboy (score: 1|71) 1890 days ago
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