I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
So much to see & so little time to see it all.
As a kid I use to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show every year with the family and when I received the 2015 Show Guide in the newspaper last Sunday I tried to work how long ago it was when I went to the Easter Show in Sydney. I think it was around 10 years ago when drove to Menai and caught the bus into the show.
So it got me wondering, "Has it changed much in 10 Years?" Maybe Yes and maybe No. There is only one way to find out, and that is to go.
Has the Sydney Royal Easter show changed in 10 years? Photo courtesy of the RAS.
This year the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show will run from 26th of March to the 8th of April and on Tuesday the 31st of March and Wednesday the 1st of April it will be senior's days at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Now that I have just received my Senior Card I thought why not take advantage of the cheaper entry tickets ($14.50 pp) go along and see what they have to offer.
Seeing that it has been 10 year since I have been to the Sydney Royal Easter Show I deceided to put a bit of an effort into planning what I was going to see. To help me plan our day the official web site has My Show Planner. The My Show Planner tool is designed to help you find what you're looking for at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show to get the most out of your day.
What you do is you select the date that you are going and up pops everything that is on during the day. You then just scroll through and click on the star beside the event and it adds it to your favourites. Once you have selected what you want to visit you can then look at the times these events are scheduled for and start planning your day.
I have selected the following:
1. Sydney Royal Woodchopping & Sawing Competition. 2. Sydney Royal Flower & Garden Show Display. 3. Bonnie Yard Dogs. 4. District Exhibits. 5. Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show. 6. Royal Arts & Crafts Leatherwork Feature Display. 7. Horse Experience. 8. Live Bee Demonstrations. 9. Sheep Shearing Demonstration. 10. Grand Parade. 11. Sydney Royal Rodeo Series. 12. Fireworks Finale.
Seriously, who am I kidding? 12 different events and places that I have in mind of going to. Even though the show opens from 9am and the evening entertainment finishes at 9pm I may have to re think what I am going to see on the day.
We have also got to fit in going to the Show Bag Pavilion. You can't go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show without getting at least one show bag each. There are 349 to choose from.
So why have I picked the 12 activities that I listed above?
1. Sydney Royal Woodchopping & Sawing Competition: As a kid I use to love watching David Foster chop and saw his way through many a log in record time. This year I will be able to watch new and up and coming world champions. There is a new Veteran Teams Relay between NSW and Tasmania for axemen over 60 years of age. Maybe I will get to see David Foster chop again?
World Champions are made here. Photo courtesy of the RAS.
2. Sydney Royal Flower & Garden Show Display: I love my garden. Maybe I will pick up a few hints on how to make my garden better. Click here for more information.
3. Bonnie Yard Dogs: Have you ever watched a dog take control of a cantankerous mob of sheep on track through a series of obstacles and drills? I have and believe me it is fascinating to watch how they do it.
Watch the amazing working dogs. Photo courtesy of the RAS.
4. District Exhibits: Who doesn't go to the District Exhibits? This year, the District Exhibit displays will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing by recognising ANZAC men and women in the artworks.
I wonder how long it takes them to up the exhibits? Photo courtesy of the RAS.
5. Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show: There are over 4200 dogs on display. I am not quite sure which dogs will be on display when we go, but I always go into the dog pavilion to have a look what's there. I wonder who is going to win champion of Champions in 2015. Click here for more information.
6. Royal Arts & Crafts Leatherwork Feature Display: The main thing here that I like to look at is the display of paintings. My best mate Gary Baker is an artist and sometimes in the past he has had some of his water colours entered into the show. Click here for more information.
7. Horse Experience: Dark Horse Productions – a company that specialises in advanced animal training with horses for film, television and live performances will be demonstrating daily with their skilful horses and riders.
There is more to shoeing a horse than you may think. Photo courtesy of the RAS.
8. Live Bee Demonstrations: I am allergic to bees. So seeing the Show's friendly beekeeper demonstrate how he goes about keeping bees will be great. Even better is that they will be inside a see through container and they won't be able to get out.
At least the bees can't get out. Photo courtesy of the RAS.
9. Sheep Shearing Demonstration: One of my dad's uncle use to own a sheep station and dad use to tell me about how they use to have sheep shearing competitions. In 2015 head shearer Jim Murray will introduce audiences to his famous and talented ram named 'Fred', who was famously taught to bow for the Duchess of Cambridge at last year's Show!
Why don't you go and see Jim and Fred show you how it is done. Photo courtesy of the RAS.
Well, there you have it my 2015 Sydney Easter Show plan in no particular order. Will we be able to fit all these things into one day? I guess you will have to wait until I have been to the show on senior's day and I give a run down on my 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show visit in an upcoming article.