Sun sets on ‘greatest show on earth’

FullSizeRender (1)THE ferris wheel has completed its last revolution. The fairy floss machine has been switched off, and the last bit of manure has been shovelled away.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show —affectionately known as “greatest show on earth” (and officially known as the largest ticketed event in the southern hemisphere) is over for another year.

Easter came early this year and over the two weeks of the show about 750,000 people poured in to Sydney Olympic Park to experience Australian agricultural life.

The crowds over the Easter holiday weekend were the second highest in ten years, according to the Royal Agricultural Society chief executive Michael Kenny.

The wheels are already in motion for a bigger show next year. And the 2017 calendar is on the RAS’s side: 12 of the 14 days next year fall within the school holidays.

It was also a year of comprehensive coverage from the Show Radio team. From the Deputy Prime Minister to the ferris wheel operator, the Show Radio team spoke to everyone involved.

From the stables to showbag alley, passing by the poultry pavilion, no quarter was left unvisited by the green-shirted Show Radio reporters. And when they weren’t in the field, they were welcoming guests to the studio on level four of Spotless Stadium. Stockmen, axemen, musicians, scone makers, magicians, and motorcross daredevils: this year’s coverage presented the increasingly broad cross-section of society that comprises the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Show Radio’s 7am to 8pm on-air content was bolstered by a strong social media presence. Across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo and Soundcloud, the Show Radio team conveyed to Australia — and the world — the colour, sound and sights of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The 107.9FM team’s top-level booth was the ideal vantage point from which to convey the action in the main arena — from the pomp and precision of the showjumping to the thunder and crack of the Man From Snowy River spectacular, and the white-knuckled thrill of the interstate and international rodeo series.

The soundtrack to this extravaganza was of course a selection of the finest local and international country music. From country classics such as Hank Williams’ 1947 hit Can’t Get You Off My Mind to the country rock of Keith Urban’s Jeans On, the Show Radio playlist charted the evolution of this unique style of music.

Show Radio will cover next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, which runs from April 6 to April 19.

Lex Hall

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