What To Expect From This Year’s Easter Show

With so much to see and do, a trip to Sydney’s iconic Easter Show is a rite of passage for kids and families alike. You’ll be glad to know that this year’s show is bigger and better than ever—brimming with activities, carnival rides, quirky events, some epic new foodie features and of course, the much-loved showbags that are bursting with treats and exciting character items. Here’s what to expect from this year’s Easter Show.

New To 2019

When it comes to new attractions in 2019, there’s certainly no shortage. Alongside all of the usual favourites, there’s a line-up of new entertainment picks that’ll make the event even more appealing.

There’s a professional bull-riding spectacular, boasting international riders from Brazil and the United States on the last two nights of the show. Alongside that, Jurassic World 2 - The Fallen Kingdom allows you to step 165 million years back in time, showcasing 30 animatronic dinosaurs coming to life plus memorable fossil displays that dinosaur enthusiasts will love. 

New rides include Race O’Rama car ride, the Fiesta Balloon Ferris Wheel and the Enchanted Circus, and don’t miss Sesame Street’s special guest Elmo and Hello Kitty characters as they take to the stage at the Little Big Top Amphitheatre, singing and dancing to some of their favourite songs and offering fun-packed meet and greets!

One Day Events

The type of yoga practice you never knew you needed, vinyasa Goat Yoga is on offer at this year’s show for one day only on Friday the 19th April. The Butcher’s Challenge is another exciting event—where you can watch 15 apprentice butchers go head to head against the clock as they race to dress a carcass and prepare different meat cuts. And if those two options weren’t enough, you can also be blown away by the sound of a sonic boom and the talent of the best whip-crackers in Australia at the Whipcracking Championships in the Woodchop pavilion on the last day of the show. What a line-up!

Key Attractions

It goes without saying that The Greatest Easter Show Spectacular—the night time entertainment—will be a real highlight, with this year’s line-up featuring the Sydney Royal Easter Show hot air balloon and amazing acrobatics, trapeze aerialists, extreme vaulting and a whole lot more! 

Another real joy for kids, the street circus parade is back and this year Nickelodeon presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Circus Parade! SpongeBob will be joined by his friends Shimmer and Shine, Dora the Explorer, Nella and Princess Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol for four sensational parades a day. 

There’s also Little Hands on the Land—a child-sized working farm designed to teach littlies agriculture from crop to shop. The children journey through nine stations where they collect produce to take to market. And, course there’s always the Exhibitor Competitions—where the region’s rural excellence is showcased through competitions ranging from livestock, produce and honey to domestic animals, arts and crafts and horses.

Foodie Features

Because what’s a day out at a show without some stellar sustenance to keep you going?! This year’s line-up boasts foot-long fries, liquid nitrogen ice cream, custard bombs, unicorn buns and a whole lot more. 

There’s also the new addition of Tucker Box—where you can relax in an old rustic barn while trying the Show’s new and unique food offerings including big smokers, fire pits and roast pork at Cathy Freeman Park. With loads of seating and shade, the Tucker Box will be the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a tasty meal!

Showbags

The main question on every kid’s lips—“but what about the Showbags?!"

Well, the Show’s Manager of Operations and Product Development, Shane McGrath, said Showgoers will be spoilt for choice in the Showbag Pavilion and can expect amazing value, with Showbags ranging in price from $2 to $30.

“Whether you go for the crowd favourite Bertie Beetle bag, or have a keen eye for fashion or video games, we have something for everyone, the young and young at heart,” he said. “We expect new Showbags Hatchimals and Jurassic World to be incredibly popular with the kids this year, and there are some great bargains to be made with 130 Showbags costing $10 or less.”

Don't forget that Early Bird Showlink ticket prices have been frozen AGAIN this year and are available online until midnight on 11 April: Adult: $37, Child $22, Concession $27, Family Tickets $99.50. Also, on Kids’ Day, children get in for less than half price ($13.50) on 23 April. More information on the website.

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