Show turns up the heat
Getting into the spirit of the Royal Show are sisters Zara and Lucinda Egerton-Warburton. Picture: Melissa Williams

While the warm weather had some ducking for cover yesterday, there was plenty of barnyard fun to be had at the Perth Royal Show.

Although most farming eyes were on the judging ring, city-dwellers got the chance to get up close with some of the animal life.

Standing at almost 2m and weighing 1200kg, Bubbles the bull attracted plenty of attention at the cattle yard.

The five-year-old Simmental bull is on light duties at the Show, having sired 55 calves this year.

"There's only two bigger bulls at the Show this year but none is as placid as Bubbles," Topweight Simmental stock handler Sam Weightman said.

"We're getting lots of interest. People who saw him last year are coming back for another visit."

Mr Weightman, who runs a family-owned stud near Margaret River, said visitors were welcome.

"It's the reason we're here. We want to get people interested in the cattle industry," he said.

At the City Farmers Animal Nursery, Nigel Spencer and his Incredible Creatures Mobile Farm kept the younger brigade entertained.

"These kids don't normally get to see these animals up close," Mr Spencer said.

With about 100 animals on display, the "farm" gives children the chance to rub shoulders with goats, pigs, donkeys and more.

"We breed them for temperament when they're going into an environment like this," Mr Spencer said. "The sheepdogs and pigeons are very popular."

Crowds continued their long-weekend surge, with 50,000 to 60,000 heading through the gates.

The Kiddie-Land Snow Zone was a popular destination for children and parents looking to cool off.

Sisters Mia Marie and Matilda Mary Dryland took the rare opportunity to make a few snow angels.

"They've never seen snow before today," their father Scott said.

"Their uncle lives in Canada and he's been sending them pictures, so they're really excited."

Snow Zone creator Clinton Woodvine said it was all about giving children a new experience.

Sam Tomlin

The West Australian

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