Perth Royal Show crowds picked up after wet start, says Royal Agricultural Society of WA

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THE Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA) says people eventually appeared when the sun came out during the last days of a Perth Royal Show initially affected by wet weather.

“The most important aspect for me is the social harmony that our show brings at a time of difficulty and economic pain for some members of our community and we understand that following 186 years we have a responsibility to keep bringing the country to the city and celebrating the very best of the best.” RASWA president Paul Carter said.

This year, after-5pm tickets reduced entry prices for adults and children, but with crowds down the relevance of the agriculture and fairground show was questioned.

RASWA did not reply directly when asked how the event could be more relevant in the future, but a spokesman said new sideshow alley rides, the Dairy Pavilion, and the attractions Dockdogs and Dance of the Drones were popular.

Police reported four arrests that resulted in three people being charged, in addition to two summonses and 27 move-on notices.

Police used pepper spray to subdue a Forrestfield man (44) charged with possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a pipe, after he allegedly did not leave the show when asked about 4.30pm on September 23.

“It will be alleged he acted up when he was asked to leave by the Royal Agricultural Society,” Sergeant Carol Vernon said.

The man was bailed to reappear at Perth Magistrates Court on October 12.

Sgt Vernon said a juvenile and a man were arrested for outstanding warrants, and the notices were mostly for jumping fences into the showgrounds, drinking alcohol publicly and trespass.

Several car break-ins with valuables taken were reported at nearby Karrakatta Cemetery last Saturday, but it was unknown of they were directly linked to the show.

Valuables left by show-goers will be stored at Perth Police Station, while the Royal Agricultural Society can be contacted for non-valuable items.

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