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Mice Net : June 2009
sydney & surrounds The RAS has several dedicated teams which each oversee different parts of each competition. A newly established service centre is home to the Competitions Administration Department (Agri-Data) which is responsible for administering competition applications and results, including a contact call centre for exhibitors. A team of competition and events managers and coordinators look after the committees which steer the direction of the competition. They compile the schedule and entry form content, officials guidelines, exhibitor correspondence and packs and undertake the organisation of the event operations. The Prize Coordination Centre administers supporter prizes made up of ribbons, cash prizes, product prizes and trophies. The Fresh Food Pavilion. Photo by Joshua Hanson. and entry forms are published and launched to exhibitors from around mid-October each year. Because the show is about rewarding agricultural excellence and the best of the best some of the competitions require an exhibitor to have performance as a pre-requisite to entering a competition. Normally this involves exhibitors going to local agricultural shows and breed shows to compete and attain awards towards their qualification. Exhibitors are able to make an application to enter either by completing an application form or by entering online. More so each year, the online process is developed and utilised. Feed me In 2009 the organising body, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW – RAS to those in the know - expanded the number of food outlets and bars on offer to 11 bars, 17 cafes, restaurants and takeaway outlets. That doesn’t include those portable caravan-style eateries that have the real good stuff like Cheese On A Stick (with 32,000 consumed in 2009) and corn cobs (34,950 gobbled up this year). Visitors to this year’s show: • Visited the Dairy Farmers Farmyard Animal Nursery in their tens of thousands. Inside they used 5112 litres of milk and 3750kg of feed for the baby animals. The nursery saw 700 chicks hatch and 5000 family photos taken with a baby lamb. • Bought more than 20,000 milkshakes, 14,000 cartons of milk, and 40,000 Coon Cheese Toasties from the Dairy Farmers Milk Bar. • Ate 13,500 liquorice straps, 15,000 cupcakes, 18,900 wood fired pizzas and 4725 punnets of strawberries. • Supported the District Exhibits by buying four tonnes of watermelon, 200kg of honey, 10,000 cheese packs and 11,000 toffee apples. • Put 140,000 balls through clowns’ mouths. • Watched 500 dogs leaping over 2752 hurdles. • Got wet with 168,000 others on the Pirates Revenge ride. • Joined another 25,200 people who watched 168 sheep shearing demonstrations. 92 mice.net