As autumn gets in full swing it can only mean one thing - it's time for the 2019 Royal Bathurst Show. Fresh from last years 150th Anniversary, the show committee have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare a show for the ages.
Bathurst Show President, Sam Farraway, said the focus this year was to turn back the clock and return to the Show's agricultural roots. Given it was the 161st running of the show, he explained that the region has survived floods, depressions and droughts but has always stuck together to get through the hard times, with this year as important as any other time in our history to get on with supporting the industry of the surrounding region.
When you think of an agricultural show, many images, sounds and smells (some more pleasant than others) bring back memories of yesteryear, and the Royal Bathurst Show promises to make some new and exciting memories for the crowd in attendance.
Across the Bathurst Showgrounds there will be something to excite anyone young or old. The outdoor spectacles are endless with the traditional horse events taking centre stage. Show jumping, dressage and carriage driving will all be on display offering competition from novices through to the most experienced horse hand.
There will non stop action up and down sideshow alley with challenging skill testers, the best show bags on offer, and hair raising rides for you to conquer. There will also be plenty to look at around the grounds with the always popular animals nursery, along with a never ending list of exhibitors and stall holders showing their wares and piquing your interests, ranging from tractor displays and vehicles to vibrant clothing and hand made crafts.
After you have taken in everything outside it's time to head inside the pavilions to see the best Bathurst and the surrounding district has to offer, and to sneak a peek at who the major prize winners are. Think stunning artworks, delicious home grown fruit and vegetables, tasty baked goods and gorgeous flower arrangements.
Bathurst Show Secretary, Brett Kenworthy, said he was confident with the recent rain, and hopefully more on the horizon, the pavilions will be full of high quality entries. "It'll be great to see some smiling faces at the show. It's our role to support those who participate in any way at the show. Now, more than ever, we need to keep educating, developing and promoting agriculture".
With the strong focus on agricultural roots at the Royal Bathurst Show, there will be plenty of entertainment and competitions across the three days including the Farmers Challenge, shearing competition, wood chopping, ute muster and more.