Fairy floss and horse manure. The Show must be in town.
Now in its 179th year, the Perth Royal Show is a must in most people's calendar. Running during the school holidays, it's a common request for kids to ask their parents to go to 'the show'.
Lovers of craft and food also line up for their chance to see the displays and competitions, and friends of all things hoofed and feathered (and everything in between) join the ranks of the 400,000 loyal visitors every year.
But there are other ways in.
And it won't cost you a cent.
Perth Royal Show, image courtesy Wikipedia
Every year the Royal Agricultural Society depends on teams of volunteers to assist with the smooth running of the show, and there is a job to suit most people.
If you are a people person then the best place for you is in the Information Booth just inside the main entrance, where you will need to be able to direct people all over the show and answer all sorts of questions, probably like 'where are the toilets' and 'do they still sell Dagwood dogs.'
If you're more of an animal lover then stewards are needed in the Pigeon and Poultry Pavilion (try saying that three times fast) and if you're a horse-type, people are needed to assist behind the scenes and as runners (which is ironic reallyÖ).
If you have specific knowledge you could help on one of the various committees such as the Wool and Sheep Committees but if art is more your style then volunteers are needed in the Art displays.
If you like to brush with fame, then maybe you can volunteer to assist at the prize-giving presentations and doling out the ribbons and trophies.
If you're one of those special people who like children and animals then you're needed at the pat-a-pig exhibit where students are needed to help supervise the kidlets who are playing with the piglets.
If these all sound terrifying, then perhaps you'd prefer to volunteer some time in the main admin office instead.
To find out more information about the various positions click here. All potential volunteers must register their interest, either by fax or post and you can download the form here.
As well as getting to tell all your mates you 'worked at the show' and that general buzz you get from helping other people, all volunteers will receive free entry to the Royal Show and you can pretty much be guaranteed a great time.
Of course, if you need to earn some money to pay for all those show-bags you want to buy, then you can click here for more information about paid work at the Show.