The Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian culture and heritage held each Autumn in Sydney. One of the biggest things to see at The Sydney Royal Easter Show are the animals. The very best cows, chickens, sheep, horses, pigs, and more are brought to the Olympic grounds and judged on a number of different entities. When the animals are not competing over the two weeks they are on display and their handlers are available to talk to and answer questions.
Cows & Pigs
The Sydney Royal Easter Show showcases the best of the best in each breed of animal and hold various competitions using animals as well. We spent some time walking through the cow pens, watching a real dairy in operation, and chasing down this adorable momma cow and her calf in the wheel barrow for a few photos.
Did you know pigs are one of the smartest animals on the planet? You probably wouldn’t know that if you watched this pig competition. Although the pigs may not have done the right thing, they were really cute, and super entertaining to watch!
And then there were the three little pigs and some piglets. I could have watched these little squealers for hours!
Imagine walking into a room with hundreds of chickens and hundreds of people vying for a peek at the prized birds – that is the scene in the chicken dome at the Royal Easter Show. I’ve previously told you how much I love to catch chickens, but in this room all of the chickens are were in their cages, and I think touching them is frowned upon. To keep ourselves entertained Ben and I had a competition to see who could take the best pictures of chickens with minimal amount of cage.
The Petting Zoo
If you have read some of the other posts on The Pineapple Cake you will know I have a love for small farm animals. Growing up I couldn’t get enough of our local petting farm and when I turned 15 I took my first job as a tour guide on the farm. At the Royal Easter Show there is a small area geared towards kids (or overly excited adults) where you can feed goats and sheep straight out of your hand.
Sheep Shearing & Wool Spinning
As an average – non farmer person – seeing hundreds of animals of the same breed, ie. sheep can get boring, but the organizers of The Show sure do know how to keep us entertained! I felt like such a little kid as I watched the sheep shearers on stage demonstrate how to shear sheep and the women spin sheep wool into threads and yarn.
As we watched I turned to Ben’s dad and asked how often they sheared the sheep on his farm. Sheep shearing is usually done once after the winter, and although it was only the beginning of autumn he asked if I wanted to shear a sheep when I went to their house for Easter. I was hoping he would say that!
Check out the blog this Sunday for my go at Sheep Shearing on the farm.
The Grand Parade
One of the traditions of the Easter Show is the Grand Parade which is held every day and displays all of the winners of the animal competitions and competitive events that occur throughout the show. It’s so cool to see all of the animals and handlers in one ring and watch how they move in such perfect circles.
After a fantastic two days at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, I felt like I learned more than I could have ever imagined about food and animals in Australia and have a new understanding of the Australian culture.