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Kids get free entry to Royal Show
Royal Show: Free entry for children under 12 will encourage them to learn about WA's agriculture industry while enjoying other offerings. 2013 file picture: The West Australian

Children under 12 will again get free entry to the IGA Perth Royal Show and country agriculture shows this year.

The State Government has announced its $2m initiative will support WA agriculture by granting children accompanied by an adult free entry to the IGA Perth Royal Show and their local Royal Agricultural Society-affiliated shows.

A further $800,000 will also be available for affiliated regional shows to fund free entry for children when accompanied by an adult.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said it was important for all children to learn about the agricultural industry from a young age.

“It’s a sector that brings real export dollars into Western Australia’s economy,” Mr Baston said.

“There are real opportunities for careers in agriculture and agricultural shows play an important role in showcasing the industry to the next generation.

"At a more basic level, children can learn where the food they eat really comes from.”

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The Farm 2 Food Pavilion attracted about 200,000 people last year, giving them the opportunity to experience milling wheat into flour, sorting eggs, identifying potatoes, making pasta and cooking using local produce.

This year it will also include a mini-supermarket that will help children learn how to spot WA produce through the Buy West Eat Best labelling program.

Early-bird discount tickets to the IGA Perth Royal Show are available at http://www.perthroyalshow.com.au with adult passes costing $22.

All IGA stores in WA will sell discount tickets from August 29.

The West Australian

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