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SSC Newspaper : April 2012
8 Strathfield Scene news inner shopaholic. This year there will be 342 showbags, more than the Easter Show has ever seen. Tickets, including free train to Olympic Park, $107 for 2 adults and 2 children; $36 adult; $23.50 child; $27.50 concession. After 5pm, $25 adult; $16 child; $19 concession. Opens 9.30am. By Joanne Tran Showbags, animals, the circus and fireworks will transform Sydney Olympic Park into an entertainment extravaganza as the Sydney Royal Easter Show rolls in. From April 5-18, the show will deliver a smorgasbord of activities for thrill seekers, shopaholics, families, food lovers and animal lovers alike. You may think of the Sydney Royal Easter Show as a two-week event, but for a few local residents, preparation starts as soon as Christmas is over. Concord residents Ainslie and Shirley Flynn are winners of several jewellery-making april 2012 This year there will be 342 showbags, more than the Easter Show has ever seen Get the free mobile app at http://gettag.mobi holiday round-up competitions at the show, having won at least one first prize each year for the past six years. Ainslie’s main driving factor in entering the competitions is to impress his wife, Shirley. “I just get pleasure from making jewellery and from her wearing it.” The couple exhibit separately and are both fierce competitors for the top spot in a number of classes. They have both won prizes for handmade silver jewellery and precious metalwork. Ainslie’s first entry was in 1972, and after taking a break from the show for a few years, picked up the craft again after he retired. This year’s showtime spectacular is sure to raise a few eyebrows as it mixes the old with the new against a distinctively Australian backdrop. It kicks off at 6.30pm every night with Australia’s only international rodeo series, the RAS Stockmens’ Ride and the ShowTime Freestyle MotoX. But it’s the closing act which seems to be the most intriguing. This year, it will climax with a show called Colours of the Outback Pyromusical. Inspired by the outback, it combines the latest special effects with fireworks. And this union of old and new doesn’t stop there. Music will be performed by eMDee, a group from the Northern Territory which describes its sound as “hi-tech didgeridoo meets drum ’n’ bass.” And if you’re not too sure about this mish- mash, you can rely on traditional favourites. The woodchop events, street parades and showjumping contests return, bigger than ever. Showbags are also sure to tantalise your Hi-tech outback in Easter Show what’s open, what’s not Shops such as department and hardware stores, supermarkets, take-away liquor stores and clothing boutiques will close on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Trading restrictions apply on these days, unless they have been granted an exemption. But smaller shops such as take-away food outlets, chemists, newsagencies, general stores and video shops can continue to trade as normal on these days if they wish, according to Vicki Telfer, executive director of NSW Industrial Relations. Strathfield Plaza will close on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but shops will open from 10pm to 4pm on Saturday and Easter Monday. Strathfield Library, High Street Library and Strathfield Council offices will be closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday, reopening on Tuesday April 10. Trains and buses will run to weekend schedules from Friday to Monday, with normal timetables resuming on Tuesday, Banks and post offices will close for business on Good Friday and on Easter Monday, and will reopen on April 10. From April 5-18, the show will deliver a smorgasbord of activities for thrill seekers, shopaholics, families, food lovers and animal lovers alike.