Sydney Royal Easter Show Success

Sydney Royal Easter Show success proves age has not wearied treasured institution


With almost a million people turning up to the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year there is no doubt the event is still a winner 200 years after a group of farmers first came up with the idea.

The show’s general manager, Murray Wilton, said the legacy began with those farmers saying to each other “mine’s better than yours”.

“It was all about who had the best produce and who had the best livestock,” he said.

The show is the most well-known product of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, which is marking its bicentenary.

Today, there is still an emphasis on competition and winning a broad ribbon at Sydney Show can still have commercial benefits.

But Mr Wilton said with a growing interest in where food comes from, the show’s role in educating the city about the country was more relevant than ever.

“Farming touches all of us almost every minute of the day and people want to know about that,” he said.