AFL finals, a downturn in the economy and axing free entry for children under 12 created a “perfect storm” for the 2015 Perth Royal Show, according to Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) chief executive Peter Cooper.
The annual event at the Claremont Showground made a loss of $2.8 million last year but Mr Cooper said the RAS would not be sacrificing competitions or produce this year because of the deficit. “We spent $4 million on competitions and showcases last year and there’s a zero return for the organisation but that’s why we exist,” he said.
“We put all our money back in to our competitions.”
Mr Cooper said visitors should make the most of the 12 hours of free activities every day. “If you spend the time and go around the show and enjoy the activities it’s a great day for families,” he said.