The largest crowd in more than a decade has relished the opportunity to experience the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2017, with more than 900,000 people moving through the turnstiles over the past two weeks.
Sabih Razvi and Mehwish Naqvi, along with their daughter Wafa Naqvi, who very recently relocated from India to Regents Park in Sydney, were delighted to be greeted by show organisers as they came through the main Show entrance and were identified as the 900,000th visitors.
“We are very surprised as this is our first time here and we have only been in Australia three weeks,” Mr Razvi said.
“This is amazing – what a great welcome”.
A range of new attractions, including the ‘Little Hands on the Land’ kid-sized farm experience, ‘The Beast’ ride in the Carnival and ‘Lasagne on a Stick’ were teamed with traditional favourites such as the Farmyard Nursery, cattle judging, sheep shearing and a diversity of displays across the Show pavilions to further cement the event as one of the nation’s best. The Show is also the largest ticketed even in the Southern Hemisphere.
General Manager Agriculture and Sydney Royal Easter Show, Murray Wilton, said the Show was overjoyed to have entertained a broad section of people from across Sydney and Australia, as well as many overseas visitors.
“The numbers speak for themselves in terms of the popularity of this event and we are thrilled with this year’s result,” Mr Wilton said.
“The origin of the Show lies in agriculture and showcasing the farming sector to the city and the popularity of ‘Little Hands on the Land’, the District Exhibits and the animal judging has shown just how important this is.
“Of course, the Carnival, novelty food and showbags are also part of the modern show experience and, as always, this has proven popular with show-going families.”
Mr Wilton said as gates are closed later today, thoughts had already turned to 2018.