Ranching Down Under

By Samantha Hall

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is an annual show held in Sydney, Australia, where country meets city for over two weeks during the Easter period. It is comprised of an agricultural show, an amusement park and a fair, along with showcasing some of the best livestock and produce there is to offer in Australia.

The Sydney Easter Show was first held in 1823. The name was changed to include the word Royal in its name after Queen Victoria awarded the Show Society the right to do so. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the largest event held in Australia and the sixth largest annual event in the world.

The original aim of the show, when it was first held by the newly formed Agricultural Society of New South Wales, was to encourage the colony’s rural industries. The first display in 1823 included horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry and was held at Parramatta Park 24 kilometers (approximately 14 miles) from the city of Sydney.

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