24th Year for the Schools Agricultural Competition

Proud tradition and intense inter-school rivalry

Proud tradition and intense inter-school rivalry are the hall marks for this year’s Penrith Show where there is something for everyone to see; dazzling displays, strapping steers, cute lambs, pint size donkeys and horses and fuzzy alpacas.

This year has the added excitement of a new home. Follow the yellow footprints to find us in the new stable complex.

For seventeen schools from the Sydney Basin, this weekend is the culmination of months of preparation. Come and engage in the tapestry of experiences in the School’s pavilion. Explore the Educational Displays to deepen your understanding of how your food is produced.

Have a yarn with the students about the animals under their care.

Touch a farm animal and experience why students love Agriculture.

Observe the students shoulder the responsibility for the frosty morning wash and polish of livestock ready for judging.

The lanky black and white steers, nurtured by the students and proudly paraded on the paddock came from our faithful sponsor of twenty four years, the Emu Plains Correctional Centre. High quality nutrition was made possible through Castlereagh Feeds’ provision of specially formulated calf pellets.

On Sunday, individual students showcase their poultry judging skills, alpaca handling skills and each school fields a team of four to compete in the Rural Olympics. Stack and secure a load of hay, build a wire fence, setup an electric fence, drench and handle sheep in a yard and apply chemicals safely, all form the core activities on the day.

A fun weekend, with new friendships forged and an improved sense of confidence reflected in the myriad of ribbons and trophies.

This unique learning experience is only possible through the generous support of the judges who volunteer their time, the faithful sponsors, the school communities and the Penrith A.H & I Society for their logistical and financial support.

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