February 18, 2020

Why The Toowoomba Royal Show Is So Special

If you’re a Toowoomba local then there’s a very good chance you’ve been to at least one Toowoomba Royal Show over the years.

From prize-winning animals to whip-cracking events, sideshows and plenty of food and show bags, there’s nothing quite like the Toowoomba Show. Let’s explore what makes the event so special.

More than a century and a half of history

Queensland has a long and rich history of putting on popular agricultural shows – they are important events for residents right across the state and draw crowds of all ages. Whether it’s the exciting events, the time spent with family or simply the community spirit, these shows have survived for more than 150 years – and are still thriving.

Much like its counterpart in Brisbane, the Ekka, the Toowoomba Royal Show is an iconic event on every local’s calendar. In fact, Toowoomba has bragging rights over Brisbane as the Royal Show began in the 1860s, well before the first Ekka in 1876.

The grand event has evolved over the years but its history and tradition have been retained, and every year a new crop of attendees get to spend a day or more exploring the sights and sounds of the fantastic Toowoomba Royal Show.

A huge diversity of things to see and do

The Toowoomba Royal Show may be an agricultural event at its core, but it’s so much more than that. Plenty of people come for the livestock judging, the equestrian shows, the wood chopping and all the fantastic produce and animals. Kids, on the other hand, head to the Show to enjoy the rides, show bags, stalls and sideshow games.

The three-day event is also packed with live entertainment, fashion shows, food tasting and even sporting events. What’s more, the Toowoomba Show puts on unique entertainment every year. In the past they’ve had pirate jet skiers, whip-cracking experts and a raft of the best animals (and breeders) in the country. You can expect something equally special this year as well.

Making its home at the Toowoomba Showgrounds

Head west from the CBD towards Wellcamp and you’ll find the sprawling Toowoomba Showgrounds, home to the Toowoomba Royal Show since 1985. The purpose-built events centre is the perfect location for such a large-scale event, with over 245 acres of wide open green space as well as massive indoor areas and premier equestrian facilities.

The driving force behind the Toowoomba Royal Show

As the beating heart of the Toowoomba Show, the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) puts on the event every year. The society has been around for as long as the Royal Show itself, and its original members had direct links with farming families in England and Germany, where they had emigrated from. The early Toowoomba shows were modelled on the popular European agricultural shows.

The importance of Toowoomba as an agricultural destination isn’t lost on the RASQ, and every new event is an opportunity for the society to share the tradition, knowledge and love of the land with attendees.

What to expect this year

Those attending the Royal Show 2020 can expect to enjoy all the standard fare: sideshows, show bags, rides and plenty of food options. There will also be chainsaw racing, floriculture shows, a demolition derby, horse judging, leathercraft, wood chopping, dog shows and so much more.

The Toowoomba Royal Show will take place over March 26, 27 and 28 from 9am to 9pm at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

Toowoomba is a city steeped in history

Toowoomba is a rich cultural and historical hub, and the Royal Show is just one standout in a series of exciting events on the calendar. Whether you’re looking to move to the Garden City or simply find your new dream home, we are Toowoomba’s real estate experts. Contact an experienced local agent today.

Article by Melita Bell

Melita Bell is a fully licensed real estate agent who has a reputation for delivering exceptional results that consistently exceed her clients’ expectations. Encompassing over ten years of real estate experience, Melita Bell’s background inclu… View profile

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