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Royal Easter Show honours District Exhibits legend Tom Dwyer

12 Apr 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 The Sydney Royal Easter Show has today honoured an outstanding contribution to the event spanning more than 35 years with the announcement of Forbes local Thomas Dwyer as the 2017 Show Legend. Mr Dwyer has provided produce for the Show’s Western District Exhibit since 1964 and has helped design the intricate displays for the past 14 years. He has also served as a steward at the RAS Grains State Judging Competition. The annual Show Legend award has recognised outstanding service and commitment to the Show since 2001. It serves as an opportunity for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) to publicly thank a member of the Show Family who has worked tirelessly towards the betterment of the Show and aims to continue the tradition by helping the Legend pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Show Family members. RAS President, Robert Ryan, said Mr Dwyer epitomised the spirit of the Show. “If Tom can help with something he will, he is a huge supporter of the Show and is not only our Show Legend but also a legend within his home community and the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC),” Mr Ryan said. “He is always happy to lend a hand, whether that be by supplying extra fruit and vegetables to various parts of the Show or advice on competitions. He is the Court Organiser for Western Districts and always greets everyone with a smile and story.” A typically humble Mr Dwyer said it is a shared award; “All of these people are part of this award too. You never get an award by yourself, it is the people that support you that give you these awards”, he said. “Of course I want to thank my wife, she is not able to be here today because she is in hospital”, Mr Dwyer said. Mr Dwyer’s Royal Easter Show achievements include: Steward at the Sydney Royal Grain judging competition for the past 10 years Provided grain samples for the Grain judging competition for the past 10 years Provided a wool mural feature for the Food Farm at the 2013 Show Provided all the grains and sheafs of different grasses and grains to decorate the Grain Shed Education Centre at the Sydney Royal Awarded a 35 years RAS Service Award in 2012 Volunteer of the Western Districts Exhibit for four weeks at the Sydney Royal Easter Show every year Grown, collected and prepared grain samples for the past 34 years Grown, collected and prepared clovers and grasses for the last 10 years Grains co-ordinator for the last 14 years for Western District Exhibit Guest speaker at several Rotary city and country meetings speaking about the District Exhibits. Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Introduced a crop judging competition for school students which was run over a six-year period with the ASC/RAS Introduced a Dryland Field durum competition, which has been very successful for the last eight years ASC delegate or director for the past 10 years Coordinator of the ASC Dryland Field Wheat competition and with the aid of Paul Parker, improved the competition by turning it into four regions of judging so that all crops are at the same maturity at judging With Paul Parker introduced the NAB Excellence in Farming Award, which was won by farmers who have great farming management skills Received the ASC Presidents award in 2011 for commitment and dedication. For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au James Tolmie Account Director, Cox Inall T: (02) 8204 3850 M: 0439 991 082 E: James.Tolmie@coxinall.com.au Read more

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 7 Highlights

12 Apr 2017

Whoa!! We’re halfway there! Midway through the 14-day Show, it’s Seniors’ Day, so old and young should join the fun. Sydney Showground is bursting with experiences including the Sydney Royal Sheep Show Woolclasser Competition, The Woolworths Kitchen Interactive Session and Ready Steady Flowers, where you can join the lively floral art competition. Read more

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 6 Highlights

11 Apr 2017

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian culture and today is about recognising people who have made a difference, as well as welcoming new Aussies. There are also unique experiences on offer for people of all ages and backgrounds today, including the Poultry & Pigeon Art Competition Display, Snowy River Horse Experience and The Australian Women's Weekly Theatre Kitchen Sydney Seafood School. Read more

WARNING ABOUT ACTIVITY OF FRAUDULENT TICKET AND COUPON SELLERS TARGETING THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW

10 Apr 2017

10 April 2017 The Royal Agricultural Society, operator of the Sydney Royal Easter Show andPolice are urging people to be wary of purchasing tickets, coupons and vouchers for Sydney's Royal Easter Show through unofficial sellers following reports of credit card fraud. Police are investigating the use of fraudulent credit cards to purchase bulk tickets, coupons and vouchers for the annual event which are then on-sold to unsuspecting buyers through online market places. On Friday (7 April 2017) police arrested two men at the show after a suspected stolen credit card was allegedly used to purchase more than $800 worth of coupons and vouchers. Tickets, coupons and vouchers which are purchased fraudulently could be voided at the event, irrespective of whether those using them are aware they are fraudulent. Police are continuing to work closely with event organisers and official ticket sellers as investigations continue. "This sends a strong message that if you attempt to engage in fraud at or around the Sydney Royal Easter you are a very high likelihood of being caught," said Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Showground Darryl Jeffrey. "The RAS, Sydney Showground, Police, Credit Card companies and ticket agency Ticketmaster are working together and these arrests and charges early in the show prove our systems are working", Mr Jeffrey said. "Significant fraud has also been picked up through advanced electronic detection systems. Fraudulent transaction will be identified at entry to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and you will be denied access. "It is important you only purchase tickets and associated products through official channels", he said.   Guests to the Show should also be warned about ticket scalpers, as tickets purchased fraudulently, on-sold online and then scalped at or near the Sydney Showground may also be cancelled at the entry points. Ends For further information please contact: R oger White Manager, Public Relations T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au James Tolmie Account Director, Cox Inall T: (02) 8204 3850 M: 0439 991 082 E: James.Tolmie@coxinall.com.au Read more

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 5 Highlights

10 Apr 2017

It’s all about the biggest and the best in NSW at the Sydney Royal Easter Show today and have you covered for gigantic animals and veggies! There are also other favourites right across the Showground including Evening Harness Parade, Dog Dancing Display and the Feathered Friends Free Flight Bird Show. Read more

Maisie Morrow sashed The Sydney Royal Land Showgirl Winner

9 Apr 2017

For the first time in Show history, a Merriwa contestant has won The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition, after more than 500 women from across 120 show societies competed for the prestigious title. Read more

$96,000 IN GRANTS SUPPORT REGIONAL NSW COMMUNITIES

9 Apr 2017

Five motivated rural leaders are a step closer to achieving their goals of advancing their local communities thanks to a share in $96,000 from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RAS Foundation) Community Futures Grant Program. Read more

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Day 4 Highlights

9 Apr 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017 If you're happy and you know it then you really oughta Show it! There's plenty on today at the Sydney Royal Easter Show including the Sydney Royal Sheep Show Merino Judging , Police Dog Display , World Championship Double Handed Sawing Final and the Australian Stock Horse Station Horse Challenge . Today's other Show highlights include: RURAL LEADERS More than 500 young women compete in The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition  across the year and are judged on qualities including ambition, passion, rural knowledge and confidence. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achiever Awards commend those who make a strong contribution to their communities and to rural Australia. Eight finalists demonstrate their oratory skills and offer their opinion about current agricultural issues. The Amphitheatre host presentations of The Land Sydney Royal Showgirls and RAS Rural Achievers between 2pm and 4pm before their 5.50pm parade in Spotless Stadium. NSW SMITHERS-OASIS DESIGNZ CUP – FLORISTRY COMPETITION Budding floristry students compete by creating an innovative and elaborate floral design. Stop and smell the roses from 9.30am in the Flower & Garden Pavilion. The competition is part of the Flower & Garden Competition and, for two more days, you can see the National Floral Designer Competition exhibits which will be judged by internationally renowned floral designer, Gregor Lersch. Gregor's achievements include providing floristry for the Obamas! THE STABLES Head to this on-trend fine food destination. Here you'll find the Sydney Royal Beer and Wine Experience with gourmet food and wine plus a new whiskey, gin and rum bar. Foodies must drop by the Sydney Royal Corner Store to taste Sydney Royal award-winning delicacies. But the world-class animals aren't the only ones being primped - you can visit the Barber Shop with luxury grooming services for discerning gentlemen. Plus there's the Lounge on the mezzanine level which will become your new Showtime meeting place. STREET ART LIVE! Watch as Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson creates a giant spray painted mural every day at the Show from 11am to 5pm on the Spotless Stadium Concourse. You'll be amazed by the photo-realistic quality of each of his almost 30m 2 works as he combines graffiti and design into a live event. For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au James Tolmie Account Director, Cox Inall T: (02) 8204 3850 M: 0439 991 082 E: James.Tolmie@coxinall.com.au Read more
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