Clear skies and high spirits helped create a perfect start to this year’s Perth Royal Show, with an estimated 120,000 people flocking to the Claremont Showground in the past two days.
More than 60,000 people are expected to go the Show today and enjoy the sunshine.
For many youngsters, including accompanied under-13s who again have free admission this year, it is all about rides, show bags and getting up close to farm animals.
With about 10,000 animals on display, eight-year-old Tahlia Peou, of Stirling, was thrilled to hold a baby chick for the first time in the Creatures Great and Small pavilion.
“It’s really soft and got tickly legs,” she said.
Mum Suzana said the show gave her children the opportunity to see and try things they would not otherwise experience.
More than 2000 trophies, certificates and ribbons will be handed out over 40 competitions.
Almost 300 entertainers will perform, making up 200 hours of free entertainment during the eight-day family-friendly event.
About 400,000 people are expected to walk through the turnstiles before the Show ends on Saturday.
Royal Agricultural Society of WA spokeswoman Maryanne Shaddick said organisers were bracing for bumper crowds today.
“Traditionally it’s always very busy being a public holiday but with the hot weather forecast, we are expecting a really big turnout this year,” she said.
“We are seeing a lot of families with young children enjoying the show for the first time.”
Ms Shaddick said although the entertainment acts such as Titan the Robot and Bulgarian acrobats Duo Platschkov have drawn big crowds, the more traditional attractions of the Show have not been forgotten.