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After a tough summer, the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is a chance to come together and experience the best of rural Australia.

The cancellation of agricultural events in towns like Kiama, Berry, Cobargo, Bowral and Pambula weighed heavily on the minds of the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society board members as they decided whether to proceed with the 2020 Canberra Show.

“We were very conscious that the show plays an important part in a lot of people’s lives,” explains General Manager Michael Kennedy.

“We’re in a ground that was protected, but this was a couple of weeks ago when the fires were really looming, and even then, we made the decision that we’d go ahead.”

According to the Agricultural Society, drought and fire have affected the entries in some categories, including vegetables, flowers, cattle and horses, but the board wanted to give local farmers a platform to exhibit their produce and to help bring the community together.

Thankfully, the recent rain has helped raise both spirits and the number of entries. “It really has been a noticeable increase and people that are coming and got a bit of a smile on their face.”

The entertainment will be bigger and better than ever, with crowds able to witness ‘The Battle For The Golden Helmet’ in the main arena on Friday and Saturday nights—an all-new high stakes showdown between the ‘Urban All Stars’ and the ‘Outback Outlaws’.

The show will feature world-class action-packed freestyle Moto X stunts and V8 Utes performed by some of the best athletes in the country, including four of Australia’s top freestyle motocross riders and two professional stunt drivers from Movie World on the Gold Coast in the high-performance drift utes.

This exciting new addition to the entertainment schedule adds to the returning Canberra Show favourites including exciting rides, sideshow attractions and show bags will keep the kids happy, along with milking demonstrations, the ActewAGL Farmyard Nursery, Milking Demonstrations, Woodchop, and the beloved horse and dog events. You can also attend an Ask a Farmer session with Dr Fiona Sanderson and take a selfie with a Texas Longhorn.

And to ensure that this year’s show really us for everyone, the first-ever Sensory-Friendly Show Experience will be held in partnership with Marymead, at 4 pm on Thursday 27 February, complete with animals, rides and show bags.

Just by attending the show, you’ll be helping local farmers get back on their feet. The Agricultural Society is a non-profit organisation and will be donating a portion of every ticket sale to BlazeAid and Need to Feed.

“Every year is important for us for all different reasons,” explains Michael. “This year there’s been strain, there’s been a long drought, there’s been a lot of fires, a lot of smoke, so there’s just something special about it.

“We really hope that people come and support the show and stop and see a cow milked, watch the cattle being judged and just participate in the agricultural side of it.”

the essentials

What: ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show
When: 28 February to 1 March
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra
How much: $20 per adult, $12 per child/concession, $50 per family (2 adults, 2 children)
Tickets: www.canberrashow.org.au

All Canberra and regional schools can attend the Show on Friday 28 February 2020 for $5 per student. Plus, if you pre-purchase your ticket, free bus and light rail travel is included.

This editorial was created in partnership with the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society. For more information on sponsored partnerships, click here

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