Last year witnessed the spectacular return of the Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show after the popular event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to COVID. The 2021 installment of the Show saw one of the largest crowds in the show's history treated to some thrilling rides, fantastic competitions and of course plenty of entertainment.
Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association president Col McPhee said we was excited to once again be welcoming people from near and far for the 2022 Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show.
"It is a great privilege as always to be able to welcome locals and visitors alike to the Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show.
Committee members, volunteers, sponsors and organisers have been working hard behind the scenes to make this year's event one that simply should not be missed.
"We have out together an amazing range of entertainment, competitions, activities and more on offer that we are proud of and that we are certain that everyone, young and old, will enjoy.
"While COVID has affected our last two shows, in 2022 we are starting to see the world return to normal and the Royal Bathurst Show provides a fantastic opportunity to family and friends to head out and enjoy themselves.
"Whether you interest lies in agricultural competition and working dog displays, or you have been patiently waiting to try out your favourite ride or sink your teeth into a dagwood dog, this year's program is a bumper one and we hope you all enjoy your time at the Show."
President- Col McPhee
153rd Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show
The Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show is well known for it's amazing array of rides, entertainment and action-packed performances, and 2022 definitely won't disappoint. The always-popular AirTime FMX crew are once again bringing their Freestyle Motocross team back to the Royal Bathurst Show and have an amazing show planned for the eager crowd.
When it comes to pure entertainment, you don't need to look any further than the team at Airtime FMX. Think fast paced racing, death cheating stunts, gravity defying jumps, and a little of craziness added into the mix.
For our new show we really wanted something fun and unique and we are confident everyone will love it.- Brad Burch, Airtime FMX
Freestyle rider Brad Burch, owner of Airtime FMX, said it was great to be performing back in front of people and was looking forward to performing their new "Chicken Run" show on the weekend. "It will actually be the first time we have performed it but it will certainly be some family fun," he said. "We have some Raptor 700 quad bikes kitted out and ready to go along with some guys in a chicken suit and a fox suit and even an old farmer.
"For our new show we really wanted something fun and unique and we are confident everyone will love it. It is a bit of a comedy-action style show with races and jumps and hopefully should be a good laugh."
Of course horse power won't be the only type of high-stakes horse performances on offer. R.A.C.E Entertainment is bringing their fast paced and action packed trick riding displays to the Show. Founded former Australian Freestyle Championby, Alicia Gersbach, the team will be sure to draw some gasps from the crowd as they show off their amazing skills. Alicia said they were excited ahead of the weekend.
"We will be doing six performances and the best way to describe our show is gymnastics on galloping horses," she said. "We do a variety of tricks including mounts and dismounts, flips, standing manoeuvres and hanging tricks."
The R.A.C.E team, consisting of Alicia, Ellie and Aimee, have a wealth of training and performance experience, both for themselves and for their much-loved horses.
Be sure to visit the Royal Bathurst Show website for full program details and performance times.
Anyone driving past the Bathurst Showgrounds over the past week would notice that the venue has been a hive of activity. Volunteers and committee members have been working hard to ensure facilities are ready, workers have been erecting rides, competitors have been busy baking, painting, decorating and harvesting, and of course the newly renovated and refurbished pavilions look better than ever.
It can only mean one thing - it's show time, and no matter what your age or interest, the 2022 Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show is guaranteed to get you excited.
For animal lovers there is a huge range of furry friends that will keep you busy all weekend. Bob Withey from Snake Tails is returning with his much-loved slithery reptile show, or for those looking for something a bit more cuddly, the animal nursery is a sure-fire hit. Don't forget the array of events involving animals from working dog displays and horse jumping competitions through to shearing demonstrations and cattle shows.
One display not to be missed is Farmer Dave and the RuffTrack Kids. RuffTrack is a youth program working with disengaged teenagers to give them skills, a sense of worth and reconnect them with their community. At the heart of the program are the dogs which each participant is paired with, and together they learn about looking after their animals along with tasks such as sheep herding and high jumping.
The Bathurst Regional Council Community Stage is sure to be a crowd pleaser and offers an amazing range of acts from soloists to bands, and country music to dance performances. It's the perfect spot to grab a bit to eat, rest you feet, and cheer on our wonderful local talent.
A big drawcard for any show are the rides, games and skill testers that fill sideshow alley. Whether it's jumping behind the wheel of a dodgem car, trying you luck on the clowns, or risking your stomach on one of the many fast paced rides, the laughs and scream can be heard for miles. Be sure to check out Chance Amusement's Giant Ferris Wheel at this year's Show. Valued in the millions, the ride is enormous, has unique enclosed seating capsules and best of all has disability access, meaning everyone can enjoy the fun.
After a big day out at the Royal Bathurst Show, of course it is time to find a great vantage point and get ready to enjoy the Fireworks Spectacular. Produced by Xtreme Fireworks, the dazzling display of light and colour will be be held at 8.30pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets for the Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show are available online and are five per cent off gate prices. Public parking will be available at the Hereford Street sports precinct with shuttle buses running from 8.30am daily.