It’s a pretty gloomy, cold and wet day in Adelaide today. In fact, according to the forecast, it’s going to be like this all week. It’s the kind of weather that makes all of us here in the office moan “Please don’t be like this for the Royal Show!”
Ah yes. The joys of weather and events. Unfortunately, we can plan and plan and be as organised as possible, but the weather is the one thing we can’t control. We get asked so often why we don’t hold the Royal Adelaide Show later in year once winter is well & truly out the way, or even capitalize on the buzz of Adelaide during ‘Mad March’ and increase the chance of having nice warm, sunny days. The answer always surprises some people – the Royal Adelaide Show is lined up in the calendar of all of the Royal Shows in Australia, therefore making it very hard to change. There are companies such as the Ride & Showbag Operators that travel around the country to all of the different Royal Shows and they are all set out so that there is just enough time between each one to allow for the pack up and set up (and perhaps a tiny break in between!).
So, the Royal Adelaide Show always begins on the first Friday in September and is likely to do so for many years to come! Our challenge of course, is ensuring that there is still enough to do and see inside and undercover in the case of bad weather. We think we’ve done pretty well with this over the past few years, with all of the animal exhibits inside, the commercial exhibitors set up within the temperature controlled pavilions and undercover eating areas. While of course we always wish for great weather, a wet or cold day at the Royal Adelaide Show can still be a very full and fun day!
The irony of course is that the Royal Adelaide Show is staged by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc, which works to support farmers – who of course are in need of good rainfall! So we’re happy to do them a deal – it can rain as much as they need up until the end of August, if we can have some sunshine for the start of September!
The Show – Off