Put the A back in RASV

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Founded in 1848 the 'Royal Melbourne Show' has grown to attract half a million guests during its brief opening period each year. Flocking from all over the state visitors eagerly crowd around to see the sights, smell the smells and taste the tastes.

Organized by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) this event once was a chance for city dwellers to experience rural living hence the 'Agricultural' section of the name, however; for whatever reason, the RASV has decided over the last couple of years to shift the focus of the show from agriculture to the 'rides and attractions' which we are now bombarded with in the weeks leading up to the show.

I am calling for the RASV to reavaluate what the Royal Melbourne Show actually is and in turn put agricultural shows back into the event.

As Dale Webster in The Weekly Times puts it in her article published on the 22nd of September 2017 'Showtime needs the ‘A’ put back in RASV.'

HORSES and cattle are no longer allowed in the main arena — it is now used for food stands and displays.

THE new arena is smaller than the food hall.

GRAND parades are no longer held.

FAMILIES can only see competition horses or cattle in their stalls if accompanied by a security guard.

CHICKEN, duck and other poultry exhibitors have been kicked out, with the pavilion built and paid for by members leased to Channel 10 for filming MasterChef.

THE Cattlemen and Horseman’s bars — long the social heart of the Royal for rural competitors — have been bulldozed and not replaced.

COMPETITORS must remove themselves and their animals from the showgrounds as soon as their section is finished.

THERE is no longer “royal” sanctioned competition for most horse breeds, dairy cows and poultry in Vic­toria.

An agricultural show is nothing without agriculture.



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