ALL is ready for this year’s Royal Hobart Show, to be held from 23 to 26 October, and you can’t get more Tasmanian if you tried.
Most of what we read, see, hear, and experience comes from other places, but the Royal Hobart Show is all about us.
There’s nothing else like it in Tasmania.
From the Wheel of Steel and the Human Cannonball to the state’s largest annual art exhibition and the hands-on experience of Life on the Farm, the show features dozens of exclusive experiences you can’t enjoy at any other event in Tasmania.
With some 6000 entries or more each year, it’s a massive showcase for Tasmanians: our interests, our skills, our hobbies and our expertise in everything from photography to animal husbandry.
From hobby farmers to young people contemplating their career directions, and from school students to youngsters just learning where their milk and honey comes from, the show is all about education, entertainment, and hands-on experiences.
The four-day event has not increased entry prices for at least three years and once inside the Showground, Tasmanians don’t need to spend another cent to enjoy a full day of activities.
“While many of our activities occur each day of the show, each day’s program is different to the other, and some significant events only occur on certain days,” Royal Hobart Show chief executive officer Scott Gadd said.
“For instance, the strongman competition only occurs on Saturday, and the Bulls and Barrels rodeo only occurs on Friday evening.”
Entertainment this year is headlined by the Wheel of Steel, involving acrobatics inside a rotating steel pendulum, and the Human Cannonball, who is shot across the arena from the mouth of a specially designed cannon.
A much-enhanced food hub this year, featuring everything from doughnuts to dumplings, is complemented by a big sports zone where show-goers can try their hand at football, cricket, netball, and touch football.
If you’re into more meditative pursuits, then join a yoga seminar.
Children have dozens of opportunities to immerse themselves, whether it be trying their hand at woodwork, digging for potatoes or feeding a baby goat.
Because the show is traditionally seen as the time for Tasmanians to plant their tomatoes, it will also be giving children the opportunity to plant their own seeds and take home their planted seedlings to care and nurture their own tomatoes in the weeks to come.
Organisers are urging the public to go online to the showground site to plan their day at www.hobartshowground.com.au.
Caption: Attractions from the 2018 Royal Hobart Show.