That’s a wrap: Canberra Show a ‘smash hit’

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The 2020 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show is done and dusted for another year, with organisers declaring the event a “smash hit”.

texas longhorn at the royal canberra show
RNCAS General Manager Michael Kennedy said the Texas Longhorn cattle “stunned” crowds at the Canberra Show, with attendance figures up from 2019. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS) general manager Michael Kennedy said the team were “very happy” with attendance figures, which were at over 40,000 for the weekend, from 28 February to 1 March.

“These are up from our 2019 event, and are good attendance figures for a three-day event. We were very lucky to have had perfect weather for the event which helps immensely.”

“It was a wonderful Show this year and there was a terrific atmosphere over the three days. It takes a small army of staff, volunteers and supporters to bring together an event of this size; we couldn’t do it without them.”

Crowds were enamoured with the Texas Longhorn cattle, and enjoyed new segments such as ‘Ask a Farmer’ sessions and the freestyle stunt show, while revisiting Show stalwarts such as the show bags and sideshow alley.

Mr Kennedy said commercial exhibitors and stall holders were “really happy” with the attendance figures, as many missed out on a number of regional shows that have been cancelled in recent months due to fire and weather conditions.

“So to have had a good weekend of trade at the 2020 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show has been a big lift for those business owners and their staff,” he said.

RNCAS president Rick Jones said it is important to find ways to support communities doing it tough. “The RNCAS are proud to have been able to support fire and drought affected communities at the 2020 Show by facilitating donations to a number of charity organisations helping feed livestock and rebuilding efforts after natural disasters,” he said.

Organisers are already planning for next year’s show, to be held at the end of February 2021.