It is all go in the office at the moment as we work to bring you the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show. But we are also working hard towards something else – the 175th Birthday of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA in 2014!
Who or what is the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA? Often referred to as the RA&HS or the Society, it is the organisation that stages the Royal Adelaide Show. The RA&HS was established in 1839 and by 2014 will have presented 239 Royal Shows. Yep, we realise that doesn’t add up – the reason there is more Shows than years the RA&HS has been around is because there used to be two Shows a year, can you imagine?!
So, what else does the RA&HS do other than organise the Royal Adelaide Show? In part, our Charter reads:
“Established in 1839, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA contributes to the success and promotion of primary industry through the staging of events and the rewarding of excellence”
The RA&HS runs the Adelaide Showground as an events venue for over 200 public and corporate events a year – everything from expos, uni exams, festivals, markets and conferences. The Rural Services division of the RA&HS is charged with the responsibility of livestock breed society administration. We have an Archives Foundation and Education Foundation – you can read more about these at http://www.rahs.com.au
As you can imagine, the planning and execution of the Royal Adelaide Show also takes up a fair bit of time and resources throughout the year!
Plans have been underway for the 175th Birthday for quite some time now and what a year it will be! Historian and RA&HS Councillor, Rob Linn has been busy writing our History Book, there will be a Gala Dinner, commemorative wine and of course, many special activities planned for the 2014 Show.
Keep your eyes open over the coming months for details about the 175th Birthday in 2014- but for now, back to planning for the 2013 Show!