The Royal Melbourne Show is a beloved Melbourne event. The first was held 162 years ago, and excluding the Australian Open tennis, sells more tickets than any other event in Victoria.
The Show is conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, a not-for-profit member-based organisation which promotes our state's agricultural produce. The Royal Show is their flagship event, allowing city-dwellers to experience the scope of country living – with showbags as a bonus. Perennially popular exhibitions at the Show are the animal exhibitions – spellbinding sheepdogs, impossibly fluffy ducklings, baby goats eyeing off the fairy floss – as well as the woodchopping competition, the food and beverage pavilion, and of course, the showbags and the rides.
Among all the cuteness, there are also opportunities for education. This year Agriculture Victoria are one of the sponsors, hosting a site in the ‘AgTech on Show’ area in the livestock pavilion. Visitors are invited to sit down, view some agricultural videos, participate in a colouring activity, as well as chat to the team about on-farm energy, artisanal agriculture and electronic identification for sheep and goats.
The Royal Melbourne Show runs every day until 2 October and is held at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Take a look at our photos for some highlights of this year's show.