Sydney Royal Easter Show
Trip Start May 18, 2004
39Trip End Jul 08, 2012
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City Central Budget Accommodation Sydney
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Read my review - 3/5 stars
On the next day, I bought a ticket for $36 including a train return fare at Central Station, arriving at the venue Sydney Olympic Park at half past nine as scheduled
Although I got a copy of the official newspaper, or guide, at the gate, I just wandered around without caring about the event schedules so much. After a while, I found the Sydney Olympic Cauldron, which was the only monument which reminded me of my last visit to the Park. There were so many cows, sheep, chooks, pigs, cats and dogs displayed in many different pavilions and it seemed that children liked them. As for me, agricultural technique demonstrations with animals such as yard dog demonstrations, chook washing, and sheep shearing, were more interesting. Some sport events like polo, rodeo, freestyle motoX were all exciting, but the most exciting event was an Austraia-born sport woodchopping.
Actually, it was an interstate and international competition with teams from the U.S
An Introduction to Woodchopping
Rodeo was one of the top features of the Royal Easter Show and I was looking forward to it. Interestingly, it was a match between two teams: Aussies and Kiwis. Incidentally, haka was performed by the Kiwi team before the match and I loved it. After the match started, however, I realised that my impression about rodeo was wrong. I thought that riding a violent horse was cool, but in reality, riders looked desperate to hold on to the horse so as not to fall down and, in fact, most of the competitors were able to be on the horse for only 70-80 seconds. In addition, because the event was held in the middle of a large stadium, it was hard to watch. I wished I could get closer to the fence.
After the rodeo match, a stockmen' ride was performed and it was very beautiful, which reminded me of the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. In the session, the Australian national anthem was played by a band and then all the audience stood up. I also stood up, although I was not Australian and didn't even know the anthem. Just because I didn't have courage to stay in the seat, I stood up. Seven years ago, I experienced a similar situation in a movie house of Chiang Mai, Thailand. In the midst of the trailers before the movie, all the audience suddenly stood up after an announcement. Although I didn't know what happened (because I didn't speak Thai), I also stood up. Then, a footage of their king's welfare activity was played on the screen....
Unfortunately, I couldn't stay in the venue until the end of the show of the day, because I had to go back to my hostel by the time its reception would close. That may sound ridiculous, but I had no choice...