The Royal Melbourne Show
is an agricultural show
held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
every September. The Royal Show began in 1848. The focus of the show is the display of rural industry, including livestock
. There are associated competitions and awards. It is a time when the country comes to the city, and the foundation of Australia's economy in rural industry is celebrated.
Like other Royal Shows, the show features amusement rides
and a sideshow alley
, as well as the peculiarly Australian tradition of 'Showbags
', carry bags full of goodies produced by various commercial enterprises.
A prominent feature during showtime are the many rides including a permanent wooden Mad Mouse roller coaster
which resided at the grounds till 2001, owned by Wittingslow Amusements
. A permanent chairlift
also resided onsite till 2005. The site has its own railway station
, used during special events located on the Flemington Racecourse
While the Royal Show is the main show in Victoria
, many cities and towns in regional Victoria host smaller shows, such as the Royal Geelong Show
, Bendigo Show
, Ballarat Show
, Warragul Show
, Whittlesea Show
and the Shepparton......