All the fun of the Show, in the city

THE Royal Hobart Show has returned to its roots, heading back to the city that bears its name.

Australia’s oldest Show started on Hobart’s Parliament Lawns back in 1822, when the young colonial outpost was still known as Hobart Town.

The event moved to various venues across the city before finding a permanent home at the Glenorchy site in 1904.

But with the Showgrounds currently undergoing major redevelopments designed to secure the Show’s future, the festivities were this year based at the Regatta Grounds.

Being next to the River Derwent opened up new opportunities for the Show, which featured water skiing and jet pack acrobatic displays on the water for the first time.

All the traditional Show favourites were there including the sideshow alley, carnival rides, animal nursery, show bags for the kids, and plenty of fairy floss and dagwood dogs.

Other highlights included Erth’s dinosaur zoo, thoroughbred pig racing, bullock displays, woodchopping, show dog competitions and the Friday night fireworks.

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the Show’s return was a welcome one for the City, providing an opportunity for patrons to enjoy themselves at the event before dining out in the CBD just a short walk away.

“When you go to the Show you’re walking in the footsteps of generations of Hobartians,” Cr Reynolds said.

“You are a part of the great history that is this meeting place for people of the city and regional Tasmania.

“Importantly, the Show is a community undertaking with various volunteer committees drawn from our community who organise everything from Art on Show and Creative Crafts to sheep and cattle competitions.”

Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania CEO Scott Gadd said it had been a perfect partnership with the City of Hobart.

“We’ve been really happy with the cooperation we’ve received from everybody involved at the City of Hobart,” Mr Gadd said.

“They have made us feel so welcome to bring the Show to the Regatta Grounds, I couldn’t be happier.”

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