Royal Launceston Show

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Royal Launceston Show
Also called 'The Show'
Observed by Northern Tasmania
Type Northern public holiday
Celebrations Agricultural displays, sideshows, fashion parades
Date Wednesday through to Saturday, ending on the second Saturday in October
Duration 4 days
Frequency annual

The Royal Launceston Show is an annual event held at the Launceston Showgrounds in Inveresk in October and is hosted by the Royal National Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Tasmania (RNAPS). An average of 15,000[citation needed] attend each year. The show marks a public holiday that is observed in northern Tasmanian only.

The Royal Launceston Show is principally an agricultural event which focuses on the primary industries of Tasmania, and rural lifestyle of many Tasmanians with events such as livestock judging, equestrian events, animal breeders competitions, produce competitions and wood chopping, although it also incorporates live entertainment, sporting events, food tasting, and fashion shows. A popular feature of the show is the sideshows which feature showrides, foodstalls, games of skill, and showbag stalls.

Like its southern counterpart, the Royal Hobart Show, over recent years the event has shifted towards more of a carnival atmosphere than its previously more agrarian focus.

The show runs for four days, Wednesday through to Saturday, ending on the second Saturday in October. The Thursday is a public holiday in the north of the state, known as Show Day. The Saturday is known as family day and usually involves many discounts and savings on showbags and rides from the other days.

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