Don’t rain on Show parade
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.