Like no other in living memory was how many traders, show goers, staff, volunteers and RASWA Councillors described the 2021 Perth Royal Show. “It was a race against time right from the get-go” said RASWA CEO Peter Cooper. “Following the joint announcement by RASWA and the State Government of WA that the 2021 Perth Royal Show would go ahead, we had 100 days to turn it on, as opposed to the regular 12 months it takes to mount an event of this size and magnitude” stated Peter.

After the announcement on June 22, 2021, that the Show would go ahead and consultation with all key stakeholders, the brave decision to push ahead was made.

It was simply like no other Show in living memory. Following a mass loss of staff in 2020 due to the Show being cancelled, many inexperienced staff had to be engaged to work alongside a skeleton staff group who had remained. Much IP and experience had been lost, but it was just a case of get on with it!

“Engaging traders, sponsors, entertainers, volunteers, commercial operators and many support people were only part of the requirements to make the Show work. Bringing all the parts together was a huge task, then throw in the mandatory rules around COVID 19, the need to sell all tickets online when historically ticket sales were at the gate, state border restrictions prohibiting many east-coast show operators attending, and the 100 days to make it all work; was on reflection the impossible made possible” said RASWA President David Thomas.

The Agricultural and Animal components of the Perth Royal Show again shone through with many show goers rating both aspects of the Show very highly and educational. 88% of show goers rated the 2021 PRS as very important in educating the public about agriculture and food, 91% believe the Show is very important in acknowledging the great work farmers do and 89% believe the Show is important in bringing the country to the city. 91% of visitors rated the 2021 Perth Royal Show as an iconic community event.

The 2021 Perth Royal Show promised and delivered just what the people of Western Australia wanted – an event to bring community together and celebrate the community we have and the lifestyle we enjoy. It included a baby being born at the Show (the first time ever), the presentation of the Governor’s Cup being delayed due to another birth; this time a baby goat and the eventual winner having to deliver the baby goat before being able to accept the Governor’s Cup award. Every day presented something new and challenging, but all pressed on.

“It was a different Show for many reasons, but it was a great Show, a successful Show, a Show we tried many different things because we either had to or wanted to, and a Show that the people of Western Australian embraced and celebrated” concluded Peter Cooper RASWA CEO.

Bring on 2022!