Perth Royal Show: Annual family event opens at Claremont Showgrounds with duck races a hit among crowds
WA’s biggest agricultural fair is known for its variety of animals but ducks stole the show at the 2023 Perth Royal Show.
It was perfect weather on the first day of the Royal Show with thousands of people coming through the gates to get a show bag, enjoy some rides, and pet some cuddly animals.
The unusual attraction of duck races drew a huge crowd with kids cheering for their favourite one as they raced around the course.
The Gilmore family, who run Comedy Races, travelled across the Nullarbor for the show and were pleased by the turnout.
“Ducks have flock attitudes so they’re unpredictable, sometimes they don’t want to race,” they said.
But they were in the racing mood on opening day with Jake Penno’s (6) duck flying through the finish line first.
He got to take a toy duck of his own home for winning.
“My duck won. I won the prize,” he said.
He said his favourite part of the Royal Show was also getting showbags and going on rides like the Splash Down.
His dad Angus Penno said the family came to the show every year.
“Jake woke up early because he was so excited. It’s a highlight for the kids,” he said.
Premier Roger Cook officially opened the show on Saturday recalling his own early memories of attending with his grandparents.
He was also devastated about the lack of Bertie Beetle show bags at this year’s show.
“I just want to address the elephant in my room. There’s not many Bertie Beetles this year. It’s a scandal,” he said.
“I am assured that the Bertie Beetle bag will return in 2024. It will be back and I think we can all take comfort in that.
“It’s a great day out and we’re very proud to support the Royal Show.”
Savannah (7) and Elliot Rac (4), and Theo (6) and Ruby Williams (5) managed to get their hands on the show bags they were most excited for.
“I loved getting the show bags. Barbie is my favourite,” Savannah said.
To view the full list of show bags and entertainment at the show, click here.
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