Sydney Easter Show20 March 2013
Last night was the Preview Night for the Arts and Craft Section of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I know that many of you around the world are now familiar with this Show as my Sticks and String review each year has brought you to my blog. But Sticks and String is no more so it was a bit sad to look around the cabinets and know that I won’t have the opportunity to tell you all about them.
But of course I can – I’ve got a blog. A friend took loads of photos (which I’m sure she won’t mind if I ‘steal’) so over the next week or so I hope to show you the best bits.
Preview night tickets are normally $30 and include a small amount of food and wine. It’s generally very busy and there’s quite an art in “hijacking” one of the waiters walking through the crowds with trays. However, this year, for some reason, every entrant was given a free ticket. Each entry costs $11 and, as I said last week, I DID enter, but decided not to submit. In effect, therefore, my ticket cost $11 instead of $30. (Why would anyone pay full price? Just pay your fee but don’t submit an entry). I always buy a catalogue, which costs $8, so that I have some idea what I’m talking about when I’m walking around the cabinets with David Reidy. This year the catalogues were free.
I’ve no idea why the Royal Agricultural Society made these changes (but am glad they did of course – I saved $38) as the event is always so popular. I imagined tonight would be heaving with bodies now that there’s free entry. But it was the quietest I’ve seen it.
If you think I am going to come up with some deep and meaningful reason for this, think again. I’ve no idea why there were fewer people. Does this mean that if they charged $50 for the tickets and $15 for the catalogues, the throngs would return? I hardly think this is an event that would be more socially desirable the more expensive it is.
And if you’re interested in the figures, there were 164 knitting entries this year. Last year? There were 164 then too!
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