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Mice Net : June 2009
sydney & surrounds show off story By Brad Foster Photo By Joshua hanson the eVent thAt began in 1853 and in the early days featured axemen so intoxicated they found it hard to remain standing has progressed to being a half a billion dollar behemoth. had close to 900,000 people squeeze through the gates over the traditional 14 days of the event – 100,000 up on 2008 when any talk of a global economic crisis was about as rare as eating a Dagwood Dog during the other 50 weeks of the year. Oh, and sales of showbags were up by 10 per cent as well. Besides the 900,000 two-legged visitors, the show played host to 14,000 animals of varying species (with 700 chickens being born during the event), 3000 employees, 400 volunteers, 1200 judges, stewards and honoraries, 63 food and beverage specialists, 300 front-of-house staff, 3500 entertainers, and 400 commercial exhibitors. Now that’s a lot of legs, feathers, hair, fur and fluff. On top of that there were 5000 art exhibits and more than 15,000 trophies, certificates and medals awarded in competitions ranging from the 2009 Prettiest Pig (or something like that) to The Best Little Scone Maker This Side Of The Black Stump (again, not the real wording for this category but you get the picture). There were in fact, 7500 entrants in competitions. The largest competition, perhaps surprisingly, is the Sydney Royal Art Show, with almost 2300 entries. Whichever way you look at it, that’s a lot of paperwork, which is why preparation for competition start months before the show gates open. Schedules, listing classes on offer and rules for competition, W e’re talking, of course, about the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia’s largest annual event, and among the top 10 biggest events in the world. In 2009 “The Royal” 10 With 10 venues and over 100 function spaces it figures to use Sydney Olympic Park Whether you're planning an intimate meeting for 10, a conference for 500, a special event for 1000, or anything in between, you can be sure our world-class facilities and award-winning caterers will create a lasting impression for your guests. With 10 major venues, 100 different function spaces, 425 hectares of beautiful parkland and onsite hotels, we have the right sized venue for your next event. For more information please call our team on 02 9714 7133 or email email@example.com or visit www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/businessevents mice.net 91