OH, WHAT A BEAUTY: Arthur Johns of Richmond Hill will be travelling down to Sydney for the Royal Easter show with produce for the Northern District Exhibit.
OH, WHAT A BEAUTY: Arthur Johns of Richmond Hill will be travelling down to Sydney for the Royal Easter show with produce for the Northern District Exhibit. Doug Eaton

It’s all about camaraderie

WITH the Sydney Royal Eas

ter Show getting closer, a lot of local farmers and growers are preparing for a trip down south.

Arthur Johns, of Richmond Hill, is the manager of the Northern District Exhibit, and has been going down to the Royal Easter Show for 15 years.

The Northern District Exhibit, a huge gathering of growers and produce from northern NSW, have in fact won the Overall Point Score Competition for the last eight years in a row, and will this year be vying for a ninth title.

They take down a huge amount of produce, from fruit and vegetables, to sugar cane, wool and cotton.

As Mr Johns said, "You name it - we've got it!"

It's all judged, he said, before they build a huge agricultural exhibit showing what northern NSW has to offer.

Mr Johns said he loves being a part of the Royal Easter Show, and plans his next trip down as soon as the previous trip ends - he's even had a continuous "Royal Easter Show" booking at the same hotel for 13 years.

He and four other team members from Wooden

bong will be heading down to Sydney on Saturday where they will be joined by another 10 or so people from next Thursday.

The five will be leaving on Saturday and taking a 40-foot semi-trailer full of produce with them.

Sadly, unlike every other year, Mr Johns won't be able to help load the trucks and help with other produce-related jobs due to ill health.

"Cutting the sugar cane is always the last job we do, because we have to stop it drying out for judging. This will be the first year I haven't physically cut the cane," he said.

He said it's still his favourite time of year no matter what.

So what's his favourite part about the Royal Easter Show?

"The competition," he said.

"I love to compete, but then again I love to catch up with all the other fellows once a year from all the other districts. There's a great camaraderie."

"We're very passionate competitors, we're at each other's throats, but we love each other's company."



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