Sydney Royal Easter Show

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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City Central Budget Accommodation Sydney
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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, April 7, 2012

In 2004, I attended the Perth Royal Show and it was so impressive that I decided to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show as soon as I heard about it this year. Honestly speaking, I don't know much about Easter, so I was just interested in the show, but it seemed to be no problem at all. Because I live in Orange, it took nearly five hours to get to Sydney by train. Because the aim was only attending the show, I arrived in Sydney late on the previous day. My hostel was located on the George St. near Central Station, so it was supposed to take five minutes or so to get to the hostel. However, I wasted half an hour looking for it, because the entrance was very small and difficult to find. I stayed there two nights, because I was scheduled to stay in the show venue until late at night and it was impossible to go back to Orange after the show. 

 On the next day, I bought a ticket for $36 including a train return fare at Central Station, arriving at the venue Sydney Olympic Park at half past nine as scheduled. Actually, I visited there in 2005. At that time, I just strolled around the park and it was very boring. I didn't expect that I would come back there... The venue was one minute's walk from the train station and there were many trains going from Central during the show period. Anyway, around the entrance, there were some show bag stalls and playground, which didn't interest me at all. I have heard that Australians buy show bags just for fun, although they cannot tell what are in the bags. I tried to buy one, but it turned out that it was more expensive than I expected, so I gave it up. 

Although I got a copy of the official newspaper, or guide, at the gate, I just wandered around without caring about the event schedules so much. After a while, I found the Sydney Olympic Cauldron, which was the only monument which reminded me of my last visit to the Park. There were so many cows, sheep, chooks, pigs, cats and dogs displayed in many different pavilions and it seemed that children liked them. As for me, agricultural technique demonstrations with animals such as yard dog demonstrations, chook washing, and sheep shearing, were more interesting. Some sport events like polo, rodeo, freestyle motoX were all exciting, but the most exciting event was an Austraia-born sport woodchopping.

Actually, it was an interstate and international competition with teams from the U.S. and New Zealand. It was my first time to see the unique sport and I didn't know the rules, but they were all simple and easy to understand. There were some different events in the sport and the most impressive event was "treefelling". In the event, the axemen competed in cutting off the top part of 4.6 meters high poles by using special tree boards to ascend the pole. The athletes must have courage and good skills.
 
An Introduction to Woodchopping
http://www.nswaxemen.asn.au/Introduction/Introduction.html 

Rodeo was one of the top features of the Royal Easter Show and I was looking forward to it. Interestingly, it was a match between two teams: Aussies and Kiwis. Incidentally, haka was performed by the Kiwi team before the match and I loved it. After the match started, however, I realised that my impression about rodeo was wrong. I thought that riding a violent horse was cool, but in reality, riders looked desperate to hold on to the horse so as not to fall down and, in fact, most of the competitors were able to be on the horse for only 70-80 seconds. In addition, because the event was held in the middle of a large stadium, it was hard to watch. I wished I could get closer to the fence. 

After the rodeo match, a stockmen' ride was performed and it was very beautiful, which reminded me of the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. In the session, the Australian national anthem was played by a band and then all the audience stood up. I also stood up, although I was not Australian and didn't even know the anthem. Just because I didn't have courage to stay in the seat, I stood up. Seven years ago, I experienced a similar situation in a movie house of Chiang Mai, Thailand. In the midst of the trailers before the movie, all the audience suddenly stood up after an announcement. Although I didn't know what happened (because I didn't speak Thai), I also stood up. Then, a footage of their king's welfare activity was played on the screen.... 

Unfortunately, I couldn't stay in the venue until the end of the show of the day, because I had to go back to my hostel by the time its reception would close. That may sound ridiculous, but I had no choice... 

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