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Kewpie Dolls – A tradition for over a century

The Sydney Royal Easter Show has a fantastic culture of blending tradition from the 19th and the 20th Century and the modernity of the 21st Century with the rides and foods. One tradition that has survived since for over 100 years at The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the Kewpie Doll.

The Kewpie Doll was initially the only thing young girls and women were allowed to win at The Sydney Royal Easter Show was the iconic doll and it was a prize that was well sought after.

In 2021, patrons can have a blast from the past and are able to create their own Kewpie Doll in order to have that true Sydney Royal Easter Show Experience. The process of making a Kewpie Doll is quite simple:

1. Choose your doll

The first step is to choose the base for your doll. There are doll’s that come in a variety of sizes for all tastes.

2. Choose a skirt

The next step is to place a skirt on your doll. There are several colours to select.

3. Colour the hair

Once you have chosen your doll and her skirt, you have the option to colour your doll’s hair with glitter. Place some glue on her hair and you can delicately pour either gold or silver glitter.

4. Choose your accessories

The final step to customise your doll is to add her accessories. It is customary to place a set of wings on your doll but you can also place chocolates, lollipops, cookies and even a Panda.

There are no wrong choices when designing your Kewpie Doll. There are an infinite number of unique combinations so there will not be any two Kewpie Dolls that are alike.

If you would like to make a Kewpie Doll, check out the Heritage Pavillion and make your own slice of history.

And like everything at The Sydney Royal Easter Show; it comes on a stick!

Field Reporter Charles’ finished product
Bek and Tom ring in to check out Charles’ Kewpie creation


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