Regarded as Australia’s biggest four-day agricultural show, the Royal Geelong Show has never lost sight of its purpose to ‘encourage and promote excellence in agriculture, business, cultural and community activities to the benefit of all concerned’. The extensive agricultural competitions take centre stage with strong entries across the cattle, sheep, horse, goats, alpacas, poultry, budgerigar and dog sections.
Away from the animals, the Homecraft competitions are always strongly contested with everything from scones and jam to Lego and photography. The Lifestyle Pavilion houses home craft demonstrators, offering inspiring entries for next year, you might even learn a trick or two. The Vintage Machinery display is always a crowd favourite with its impressive collection of steam and oil engines as well as tractors and implements.
There is plenty to see in The Hall of Agriculture, along with a variety of trade sites, cooking demonstrations and horticulture and fodder competitions, also showcasing exhibitors produce and prize-winning samples from local farmer’s crops.
Educating the next generation is also a focus with plenty of fun for the whole family. There are many opportunities to get up close to the animals as well as enjoying the excitement of the shearing, woodchop and show jumping.
The 2019 arena program has something for everyone. Horse events run every day and once twilight hits, the arena springs to action with Monster Trucks, Motorbikes, Whip Cracking and Racing Pigs. Fireworks light up the skies on Friday and Saturday night. The western side of the showgrounds is home to the carnival with amazing rides for all ages. No trip home is complete without a hand full of show bags and of course you can’t go home without a Dagwood Dog and some Fairy Floss.