Footy fever hits Perth Royal Show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Caitlin Tiller

FOOTY fans can watch the West Coast Ea­gles in the AFL pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in three ar­eas at the Clare­mont Show­ground on the Perth Royal Show’s open­ing week­end.

Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RAS) pres­i­dent Rob Wil­son said the Clare­mont Show­ground would screen the match at the arena, the mem­bers area and food plaza this Satur­day.

“There’s plenty of shade, seat­ing and food for a good fam­ily at­mos­phere,” Dr Wil­son said.

Four 6x4m screens would be al­most back-to­back in a cube for­ma­tion at the arena.

The 400-per­son ca­pac­ity food plaza will have a TV show­ing the game, along with sev­eral screens in the mem­bers’ area.

RAS chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Cooper said one of the show’s big­gest at­ten­dance days was when Fre­man­tle played in the grand fi­nal in 2013.

“When one par­ent wants to watch football, the other can take the kids around to other ex­hibits,” he said.

Dr Wil­son, who donned a Dock­ers scarf only for a photo, said he had been an Ea­gles mem­ber since the club started and Mr Cooper said he was al­ways an Ea­gles fan.

Mr Cooper said the show’s “big ticket item” this year was a di­nosaur ex­hibit.

“From a com­mer­cial as­pect, this year is all about di­nosaurs; the first farm­ers I like to call them,” Mr Cooper said.

“On the back of that, our cul­tural piece for the show is from Viet­nam and they will be do­ing wa­ter pup­pets.”

Mr Cooper said the RAS also had a his­tor­i­cal walk through in trib­ute to the 10th Light Horse Reg­i­ment where kids could make pop­pies and slouch hats.

Dr Wil­son said the ed­u­ca­tional ex­hibit fea­tured the In­ter­na­tional Year of Soils.

“Kids can come in and see the dif­fer­ent soils we have in WA, touch and feel the tex­ture and mea­sure pH lev­els,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d443590

RAS CEO Peter Cooper and pres­i­dent Rob Wil­son... there will be three ar­eas in which to watch the AFL fi­nals at the Royal Show.

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