The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) will award Nabiac local, Selwyn Weller with an esteemed champion of the RAS honour at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Each year the RAS acknowledges and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Sydney Royal competitions and the industries they represent.
All 15 recipients will be celebrated at a private function at 3pm, Friday, March 30, with RAS dignitaries and industry representatives joining them to commend their achievements and many years of service to their industry.
For Selwyn Weller, his involvement in the Sydney show has been a family affair.
His grandfather started showing dairy cattle and his mother was involved with the Central District Exhibit with the jams and preserves.
Mr Weller himself attended his first Sydney Royal Easter Show at the age of 16 and has been a dedicated showgoer ever since.
“I enjoy displaying our animals for clients and others to appraise,” Mr Weller said.
“It’s a great gauge of where our stock are up to within the breed, and this helps us drive the continual improvement of our stock.
“Probably the best thing about participating at the show is being able to catch up with mates from all over NSW and Australia.
“A favourite old show memory of mine would have to be the dairy exhibitors taking on the beef exhibitors in a game of rugby league in the main arena on Easter Sunday.
“A good crowd would gather to watch the game with the winners having bragging rights.”
RAS president, Robert Ryan, says Selwyn epitomises everything the show is about: Australia’s biggest celebration of our country’s people, practices and produce.
“The Sydney Royal competitions are the cornerstone of the show and showcase the skill, energy, passion and produce from across rural NSW and beyond,” Mr Ryan said.
“The champions of the RAS go beyond winning ribbons and trophies.
“Many have been a part of the Show community for a significant part of their lives.
“The show would not be the world class event it is today without the dedication and tireless commitment from our exhibitors who are represented by the 2018 crop of champions.
“With so many different components to the show, the award recognises those who aren’t necessarily in the spotlight.”
This year 32,000 entrants will compete across 42 competition areas and more than 5500 competition classes, from livestock and domestic animals, to arts and crafts, and woodchopping.
“The support and knowledge the champions bring to their events help make the Sydney Royal competitions the best of their kind in Australia,” Mr Ryan said.
Tickets for the show are now on sale at www.eastershow.com.au and at Woolworths, and include same day public transport.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from Friday, March 23 to Tuesday, April 3.