Royal Shows

Royal Shows

April, July, August, September, October
More than 500 agricultural shows are held in Australia each year, but the annual Royal Shows, held in each of the state capitals, are famous for their outstanding livestock, agricultural, and industrial exhibits as well as their competitive events. More than four and one-half million people visit the Royals each year.
The Royal Queensland Show, noted for its unusual display of tropical plants and flowers from all over the state of Queensland, is held in August. The Hobart Royal Show is held in mid-October. The Royal Melbourne Show, the Royal Adelaide Show, and the Perth Royal Show are held in September. The Royal Easter Show, held at Sydney's 71-acre show grounds in early to mid-April, is the most popular of the country's Royal Shows. All of the Royals feature attractions such as sheepdog trials, wood chopping, and tree-felling contests, and the uniquely Australian camp drafts—an unusual rodeo event in which cattle are driven over a course that tests both horse and rider.
Other agricultural shows include Alice Springs Show, Tennant Creek Show, Katherine Show, and Darwin Show —all observed in the Northern Territory during the month of July.
CONTACTS:
Australian Tourist Commission
2049 Century Park E., Ste. 1920
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-229-4870; fax: 310-552-1215
www.australia.com
SOURCES:
DictDays-1988, p. 56
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Mr Fowlie, who has been forced to cut down his breeding and showing due to a heart problems, said: "Nina 4's feat will never be repeated as there are no more Royal Shows."
Nina 4 became the first pig ever to complete the Royal double, winning interbreed titles at both the Royal Show and the Royal Welsh Show in the same year.
He is now in demand as a pig judge, though health problems forced him to turned down a coveted invitation to assess pigs at New Zealand's Royal Show.
He said: "It's a really sad day because it is the end of the Royal Show, the last event, the end of an era, the end of 170 years and 160 Royal Shows.
THE curtain came down yesterday on the historic Royal Show.
He said: "It's really sad because Scotland has a royal show and Wales has a royal show but now England has nothing.
"The six shows did include the two Royal shows, both of which carry double points," said WBCS chief executive, Andrew James.
These started in North Wales with Nefyn on the May Day Bank Holiday, followed by Cothi Bridge, Aberystwyth, Shropshire and West Midlands, the Royal Show at Stoneleigh and the Royal Welsh.
In addition, pedigree Limousin cattle are set to dominate the cattle rings in each of the forthcoming British Royal Shows ( The Royal Highland, The (English) Royal and The Royal Welsh.
The Royal Show has the largest entry ( 148 (104 in 2003), The Royal Welsh 139 (98), and The Royal Highland 136 (95).
Royal Shows were not held in the following years: 1866: Cancelled because of cattle plague: 1917-1918 (inclusive) First World War; 1940-1946 (inclusive) : Second World War;2001 - Cancelled because of foot-andmouth disease.
Since the Royal Show began in 1839, there have been 159 Shows.

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