Don’t rain on Show pa­rade

Countryman - - NEWS - Kate Emery

Get­ting “back to ba­sics” has been the fo­cus for this year’s Perth Royal Show af­ter sev­eral tough years when bad weather kept crowd num­bers down.

It in­cludes putting the spot­light back on the Show’s agri­cul­tural back­bone and get­ting the com­mu­nity more in­volved by, among other things, turn­ing one stage over to daily lo­cal acts.

Hopes for a re­turn to bumper crowds at the Show have been boosted by weather fore­casts pre­dict­ing a mostly sunny week.

Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Cooper said the Show was a rare op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life and de­mo­graph­ics.

Chil­dren who have never seen a cow in the flesh can get up close with one and gain some un­der­stand­ing about where their meat and milk came from.

It was also an op­por­tu­nity for the wider com­mu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that farmers do for the State.

“The coun­try peo­ple love the fact that the city folk are en­gaged and show some ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what they do,” he said.

“City peo­ple love be­ing able to show their kids about farm­ing.

“I don’t know that there’s an­other event like it.

“I think when you look at what we have ex­pe­ri­enced in the last cou­ple of years and the im­pact the weather has had, this year what we did was fo­cus on go­ing back to the com­mu­nity and get­ting them in­volved.”

Hence the com­mu­nity stage for per­form­ers of all ages and the AgVen­ture Trail guide, in­tended to high­light the agri­cul­tur­al­based ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer via an ed­u­ca­tional walk­ing trail.

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