Sydney Royal Easter Show celebrates all things Australian from the bush heritage to the vitality of city life It features wood chopping competitions, more than 100 carnival rides and games, art exhibitions, food stalls, live music, extreme sports exhibitions, pet shows and more. It also features Sydney Royal Rodeo Series which is the only international rodeo series in the country. For kids the big reason to go will be show bags and 100s of thrilling rides.
When I said to my friends that I was planning to go to the Easter show, their reaction was “Aren’t those shows for kids”. Ahhh, I am sure they are not. Even though I haven’t been to the Easter show for 4 years now, I was so sure before I went that I was going to enjoy the event. I still remember lots of fun that I had the last time and one of the highlight was the flying pig and rodeo show. And it was gonna be AS’s first trip along with my friend SS.
As it was school holidays, I knew that it would be busy no matter which day we choose to go so I was fully prepared to face the crowd. The surprising part was that even before I reached the show, I got a glimpse of what was to come.
We headed to the Easter show in Sydney Olympic park using public transport, two trains actually. The first train was relatively less crowded but when we changed our train in Redfern, there were lots of people on the platform with the same intention and the same destination as us. I saw lots of kids with their parents but there were lots of adults as well.
I think enjoying rides and patting animals brings out the kid in all of us and I was so exited to start the day.
I was grateful that it was a sunny afternoon. We started our day by going through lots and lots of colourful stalls selling soft toys, perfumes, fake tattoos, artists making cartoon version of people and much, much more. When we saw the first food stalls, we stopped to have a bite. I was a bit disappointed that almost all the food were deep fried but still we enjoyed the Dagwood Dogs and chicken with chips. There were so many foods like fairy floss, snow cones, Chips on a stick, Cheese on a stick, potato swirl and much more.
Then we were off to see more of the show. We stopped at Alpaca wool shredding, fashion show of wool products, a working dog show. Then we were off to see cows, lots of different types of chicken, turkeys and goose as well as Alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs and cows. Some of the chicken were so strange looking and the cows were very big. There was a pig that just had a baby and the piglet looked so cute. In one of the barns, I got to see baby lambs and baby sheep. We took lots of photos.
Then we went to see the parade where there were lots of animals including horses, alpaca, cows paraded on the grounds in a circle. After the parade, we went to the food display hall. There was a huge display of fruit and grains that we’d all stop and gawk at with wonder and huge expanses of creative scenery, meticulously arranged to showcase the best of the region. The five regions–North, South, South East Queensland, West and Central–battled it out for the best display.
The display I liked best was the cake decoration ones where there were thousands of different shapes and sizes of cakes beautifully displayed for us to admire. And I also liked the display of dolls with really nice costumes.
After that we went to see the rodeo show. The ambiance was just great and there were thousand of people cheering for the horses and bulls.
On the way out, there were so many rides and some looked scarier than other. They were called Dodgem cars, Rockstar, Breakdance, Pirates Revenge, Slingshot, Skymaster Wheel , Cliff Hanger,Hollywood Horrors, Speed.
Overall, a great day out.