Spirits high for late September show

August 27, 2012 by  

This year’s Royal Melbourne Show will bring the country to the city once again with 11 days of entertainment, agricultural shows, and good food.

Staged by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, it takes place at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Saturday, September 22 to Tuesday, October 2. It is one of Victoria’s biggest events and usually attracts around half a million visitors.

The show was first staged as a ploughing contest in Moonee Ponds in 1848 and has grown over the years to include dog shows, showjumping, live music, cookery demonstrations, and a nightly fireworks display.

This year’s event will feature motor-cross displays, wood-chopping competitions, and a carnival ride that travels at 100 km/h.

While the show offers something to suit every taste, it still emphasises its agricultural roots with thousands of animals on show, both in competition and in more hands-on settings such as the small animal nursery, where visitors can pet everything from calves to chickens and feed baby animals.

Heathmont residents who are planning a trip to the show might like to consider booking an Entry and Travel Saver ticket that offers entry and travel on public transport to and from the showgrounds.

Once at the show, keen photographers will find plenty to catch their eye and using a printing company to create posters or a book of photographs might be considered as a good way of making a lasting memento of the event.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit the Royal Melbourne Show website.