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Royal Easter Show revs up for another year

05 April, 2012

"It made me feel sick," was perhaps not the review the organisers of Sydney's Royal Easter Show were hoping for.

But the squeals of delight as the students of Auburn Primary School hurled themselves down the rainbow slope of the new super slide were actually a ringing endorsement.

"I felt like I was flying."
 
"I was scared."
 
"I wasn't."
 
The excitement was plain on their faces as they clambered back to the top for another go.
 
The multi-coloured slippery-dip is just one of many new attractions that have been added to this year's show, which runs until April 18 at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park. 
 
There will be more food, more fireworks and more entertainment, including a pirate high dive show and a pyro-musical Colours of the Outback.
 
Country singer James Blundell has come on board as host of the arena events.
 
He describes his role as part-MC, part-commentator.
 
"I get to talk to people about rodeo and talk to people about stock horses and talk to people about what it's like living in the bush," he said.
 
Visitors who prefer something more sophisticated than flying face-first down a slide can peruse the new food and wine garden, Taste NSW.
 
It will showcase locally made wine and award-winning produce.
 
General manager of the Royal Easter Show Michael Collins said more than 12 hours of entertainment would be packed into every day.
 
But there would still be a strong emphasis on educating city kids - big and small - on rural life and in particular, where their food comes from.
 
"The show is a great educational opportunity for kids to get their boots dirty," Collins said.
 
Organisers expect 900,000 people through the gates this year, including 20,000 international tourists.
 
Collins said 12,500 tickets were sold in Asia last year.
 
This year, they've committed 20,000 to that market.
 
"People will travel here specifically to come to the show," he said.
 
"What they want to see is Australia.
 
"They say, 'this is what Australia is about, we're learning about Australia'."
 
For those on a budget an Easter Show iPhone app, which can be downloaded from eastershow.com.au, offers a range of discounts.
 
There are five major free events including the baby animal nursery, the Sinbad high dive show, the Royal Rodeo Series, Ashton's Circus and the area fireworks display.
Source: AAP NewsWire