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Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Sydney: Royal Easter Show, 190th edition (2013)

Friends here in Sydney asked if I wanted to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, one of the largest agricultural exhibitions and one of the largest annual events in Australia. As memories surfaced of years past spending warm days and cool evenings at the late-summer’s Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada, I replied with a big “yes”!

The Sydney Royal Easter Show celebrates the 190th edition in 2013. The show began in 1823 at Parramatta Park and sponsored as a meeting of then Agricultural Society of New South Wales, now the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. To help support the struggling population in what was then the agricultural centre of the New South Wales colony, the main intent was to find ways to improve farming methods for both animals and crops.

Now, at the site of Sydney Olympic Park, the Royal Easter Show has many visitors of all ages and sizes; numerous animals (prize-winners, too) from bovines to canines and equines to porcines; carnival rides and amusement games; and the smells and tastes of “food at the fair”.

It’s an entertaining way to spend a warm and sunny early-autumn afternoon. The 2013 edition of the exhibition runs from 21 March to 3 April inclusive.


Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Entry ticket includes same-day return transport

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Verticals

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Amusement rides

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Morning wheel

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Visitors

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

“Australia Avenue”

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

(Mystery) meat on a stick

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Carousel

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

“Playland”

Royal Easter Show, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

Afternoon ride

I made the photos above on 23 March 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

8 Responses to “Sydney: Royal Easter Show, 190th edition (2013)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Xandré. The actual physical size of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is not very large, but as you’ve rightly adi, there’s lots to see: the animals were definitely a highlight. 🙂 As you’re both now in Edmonton, keep an eye for The Capital EX in July! Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Cathy! Given the population of Sydney and the state of New South Wales, it’s not entirely surprising the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been kept running as an ongoing agricultural “tradition” all this time. The upcoming bicentennial in 2023 should be a lot of fun! Thanks again for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Eva. Those wae reptiles were found in the “The Great Aussie Backyard” section of the Sydney Royal Easter Show (SRES). These reptiles are “bearded dragons” or “pogonas” which live in arid or semiarid regions of central Australia. At the SRES, the lizards were calm and tame as, showing no fear when petted by kids of all ages. The Australian Museum writes about them at [ http://australianmuseum.net.au/Central-Bearded-Dragon ]. I didn’t know about them either, until I looked on the interwebz. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hola Yessica! Gracias por su comentario! Spain has a richer and longer history than Australia. 🙂 But coming from Canada, I can also appreciate a relatively young nation. While 190 years may not be much by European standards, I learned something more about Australian (agricultural) history. Thanks again for reading and commenting, Jessica!

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