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The Royal National Capital Agricultural Society in partnership with ActewAGL are proud to present the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2019 held at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
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Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE

 

(released 10am Thursday 6 December 2018)

 

THE CANBERRA COMMUNITY HAS SPOKEN:

SHOW TICKETS 30% CHEAPER IN 2019

 
Newly appointed CEO of the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS), Athol Chalmers, today announced that ticket prices for the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show will be reduced by 30 per cent compared to 2018.  The Show is being held on 22-24 February.

 
“We’ve listened to all the feedback from the Canberra community and we have acted.  The 2019 Show will now be more affordable for individuals and for families,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

Adult                Child/Concession       Family (up to 2 adults & 2 children)

 
2018                     $30                  $18                                          $72

 
2019                     $20                  $12                                          $50     

 
“In addition to the 30% cut in headline prices, we are also offering a further 20% reduction in prices for tickets purchased online,” Mr Chalmers added.

 
Canberra Show 2019 tickets are available from 10am today, Thursday 6 December, on the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).

 
“Canberra Show tickets would be a great stocking stuffer or gift this Christmas.”

 
“In addition to this significant price reduction we will also be offering all Canberra and regional schools the opportunity for their students to attend the Show on Friday 22 February 2019 for $5 per student. What better way to learn about farming and horticulture than by seeing the animals, observing farming demonstrations, watching agricultural competitions and having the opportunity to ask questions of farmers about their produce and their animals,” Mr Chalmers said.

 
Ticket pricing is just the first major announcement the Canberra Show will be making in response to listening to community feedback and acting on it. Further major announcements will relate to parking, community engagement, food and drink offerings, innovation and technology and free entertainment.

 
“The 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show will strengthen the much-loved traditional elements of the Show but will also have some new and exciting events and innovations – stay tuned for further announcements,” Mr Chalmers said.

 
Media contact: Tim Benson 0402 900 402 or tim.benson@manbitesdog.com.au
 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

(embargoed till 10am Monday 17 December 2018)

 

‘CANBERRA ON SHOW’ AT ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW 2019: PUTTING OUR DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY FRONT AND CENTRE

 

Newly appointed CEO of the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society (RNCAS), Athol Chalmers, today announced a major new initiative, ‘Canberra on Show’, will feature at the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show. The Show is being held on 22-24 February 2019.

 

Canberra on Show (COS) will feature up to 50 stalls from the Canberra community, including local food and drinks suppliers, various community and not-for-profit groups, and high quality handmade goods producers.  Canberra on Show will also provide an opportunity for a host of local musicians, dancers and entertainers to perform on a professional standard stage with quality sound and lighting.  

 

“We’ve listened to the feedback from the Canberra community and we have acted.  The 2019 Royal Canberra Show will have more Canberra community involvement and engagement than ever before.  The Show is not only a platform to promote agricultural industries and agricultural excellence, it is also an opportunity for us to showcase the wonderful mix of talents, products and cultures that make Canberra such a vibrant and engaging city,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

The Canberra community stage will feature singing, dancing, jazz, rock, pop, R&B, big band, country, folk and traditional music. There will also be cultural ceremonies (such as a Chinese tea ceremony) and an equmenical service on the Sunday morning.

 

“Our city is known for both its diversity and its inclusiveness and this will be ‘on show’ at ‘Canberra on Show’ in 2019,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

This is the second major announcement made by the RNCAS in response to community feedback. The first was in relation to the price of Show entry tickets.  The gate prices for the 2019 Royal Canberra Show have been reduced by 30% and by 40% for tickets which are purchased online.

 

When asked asked ‘Why are you doing this?’, Mr Chalmers said, “COS we are listening …”.

 

Further announcements in relation to free entertainment, support for community groups and the agricultural sector, innovation and technology in agriculture, and a strengthened focus on schools and education will be made in the lead up to the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show.

 

PS: Canberra Show 2019 tickets are now available and are 40% cheaper online than 2018. Go to the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).

 


MEDIA RELEASE

 

(10am Thursday 10 January 2019)

 

ActewAGL 2019 Royal Canberra Show cuts parking fee by 50% and donates to the Country Women’s Association

 

With 42 days to go till the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show, Show CEO, Athol Chalmers, today announced that parking costs at the 2019 show will be cut by 50%, from $10 to $5, and money raised will go to the Country Women’s Association.

 

“As part of the Canberra Show’s commitment to engage with the community and make the show more accessible and affordable we have decided to halve the cost of parking in 2019 from $10 to $5,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

In addition Mr Chalmers announced that the majority of the funds raised from parking fees would go directly to supporting local rural families through the Country Women’s Association.

 

The CWA is Australia’s largest women’s organisation. It lobbies for change, helps local communities, provides education grants to students and creates networks of support in towns and cities.

 

“The majority of parking fees will go directly to the Monaro and Southern Tablelands Groups of the Country Women’s Association to support local families and especially assist their children in regard to education,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

Leanne Lourigan President Southern Tablelands Group said, “We are very pleased that the Canberra Show in its 92rd year has partnered with the CWA in its 97th year to assist in delivering services to local rural families.”

 

The 50% cut in parking costs and support for the CWA is a response to community feedback that parking has been too expensive in previous years and there needed to be stronger local community engagement.

 

This is the third major announcement made by the Royal Canberra Show after announcing tickets prices will be up to 40 per cent cheaper (online) and that the Show will feature a major new initiative “Canberra on Show” (showcasing Canberra’s community at the Royal Canberra Show 2019).

 

“Although the CWA is associated with great tea and scones, we are so much more than that,” Ms Lourigan said.

 

Canberra Show 2019 tickets are available and are 40% cheaper online than 2018. Go to the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).


MEDIA RELEASE

 

CANBERRA SHOW BRINGS BACK WOODCHOPPING IN 2019

 

Due to overwhelming community feedback, a full day of woodchopping will return to the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show in 2019.

 

“The message was received ‘loud and clear’ from the Canberra community that woodchopping should be returned to the ActewAGL Canberra Show – and we have done it – woodchopping is back,” Canberra Show CEO, Athol Chalmers said.

 

Canberra Show CEO, Athol Chalmers, and head of woodchopping, Andrew Wiseman, made the announcement at an event at EPIC which featured an exhibition woodchopping race.

 

The race was made up of a junior, a woman and three men, and included two standing blocks and three underhand, demonstrating some of the events to be contested at this years show (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodchopping).

 

“We are really excited and enthusiastic to have woodchopping back at the Canberra Show and encourage everyone to come along, on Saturday 23 February, and see the axemen and axewomen in full competition,” Mr Wiseman said. 

 

Events will include junior woodchopping, ladies cross cut sawing and chopping as well as open and championship woodchopping and sawing and is expected to attract a strong field of competitors from across Australia. 

 

“The return of woodchopping to the Canberra Show has been made possible by the generous support from several local businesses and individuals as well as ongoing support from long-term sponsors,”  Mr Wiseman said.

 

This is the fourth major announcement made by the Canberra Show after already announcing parking prices will be halved from $10 to $5 and money raised will go to the local Country Women’s Association, tickets prices will be up to 40 per cent cheaper (online) and a major new initiative Canberra on Show (major community engagement at Canberra Show 2019).

 

“Bringing back the iconic sport of woodchopping to the Show, fits 100 per cent with community feedback that we need to make the Show more accessible, deliver the traditional Show staples such as woodchopping, rides and showbags, involve the Canberra community, look to the future with innovation and technology and make available a wider range of food and beverage offerings,” Mr Chalmers said.

  

*The 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show will be held on 22 – 24 February. Woodchopping will take place on 23 February from 9.30am – 7.30pm.

 

Canberra Show 2019 tickets are available and are 40% cheaper online than 2018. Go to the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).

 

Media contact: Tim Benson 0402 900 402 or tim.benson@manbitesdog.com.au


MEDIA RELEASE

(10am Thursday 31 January 2019)

 

2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show and Family Friendly Entertainment

 

“Fireworks, bareback jumping, precision driving, harness racing, car soccer, Freestyle Moto X and dueling excavators will all feature in the Main Arena entertainment at this year’s Show,” Canberra Show CEO, Athol Chalmers announced today.

 

The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show will shortly be releasing its full Main Arena Entertainment program for the 2019 Show, 22 – 24 February.

 

“There is so much to see and experience at the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show but when you want to sit down and take a break go to the main arena and check out some of the fantastic free entertainment we have scheduled for 2019,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

The 2019 Main Arena Canberra Show Program will feature many of the old favourites plus some new exciting acts which will not only delight audiences but in some cases invite their participation. One of the new acts will be duelling excavators. ‘Drive this Canberra’ will have an event for licensed excavators at the Show competing against each other for $6,000 in prize money. Entries are still open for competitors.

 

“I encourage everyone to take another look at the Canberra Show. There is stacks of entertainment and events and of course all the old favourites you expect to see at the Show including the Farmyard Nursery, woodchopping, sheep dogs and much, much more.”

 

“We are continuing to respond to community feedback to make the Show more affordable, family friendly, involve the Canberra community and modernise,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

In coming weeks the full entertainment program including for ActewAGL Alley and Canberra on Show will be released and an exciting new pavilion will be announced.

 

Canberra Show 2019 tickets are available and are 40% cheaper online than 2018. Go to the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).

 

Media contact: Tim Benson 0402 900 402 or tim.benson@manbitesdog.com.au


MEDIA RELEASE

(10am Thursday 7 February 2019)

 

Country Music ‘Golden Girl’ Gina Jeffreys and 40 local acts to feature at the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show

 

Royal Canberra Show CEO, Athol Chalmers, today announced that Country Music ‘Golden Girl’ Gina Jeffreys will be the headline act at the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show.

 

 “We are delighted to confirm Gina Jeffreys will be performing at the 2019 Royal Canberra Show as the headline act on Saturday night at the Canberra on Show stage. Gina performs to sellout audiences across Australia and has taken her music all over the world,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

Local music and arts entertainment will explode at the 2019 Royal Canberra Show with three full days and two nights of entertainment at the ‘Canberra on Show’ venue as well as live entertainment in most of the Show’s bars each evening.

 

“There will be 40 plus local acts, ranging from the Blamey Street Big Band to Bollywood dancing performing at the Canberra on Show main stage and the many new bars at the 2019 Royal Canberra Show,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

Entertainment will include local choirs, country music, jazz bands, Latin bands, mandolin ensemble, circus acts, pipe bands, dancing (African, Thai, Latin, Bollywood etc), school and concert bands, an interfaith gathering, a blessing of the farm animals and a Chinese Tea Ceremony. The full program will be available on the Show web site within the the next few days.

 

“The feedback we have had from the Canberra community is that they want more local involvement in their local Show to help showcase local talent. We have responded by providing three days and two nights of entertainment involving hundreds of local entertainers complemented by a multiple award winning artist in Gina Jeffreys,” Mr Chalmers said.

 

See bio and more information about Gina Jeffreys at: https://ginajeffreys.com.au/

 

Canberra Show 2019 tickets are available and are 40% cheaper online than 2018. Go to the Canberra Show website (search ‘Canberra Show’ or go to www.canberrashow.org.au).