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What to do and see at the Royal Canberra Show

Wood-chopping, knights in shining armour and a 37 metre Ferris wheel with a rotating gondola are among the new additions to this year's Royal Canberra Show, which opens this Friday and runs until Sunday.

Families can travel back to medieval times to watch knights on horses charge at each other in the show's new Full Tilt Jousting.

The two powerhouses of the heritage sport of woodchopping - New Zealand and Australia - will battle it out this weekend with stunts that include standing block chops.

For the first time, the show will feature the National Australian titles of fly-ball, where household pooches with a knack of running jump over hurdles, retrieve a ball by triggering a flyball box pedal and then return over the hurdles to the finish line.

Of course, it wouldn't be a show without an impressive Ferris wheel.

This year's brand new Ferris wheel will make its debut Canberra, and just its third appearance in Australia, Royal National Capital Agricultural Society chief executive Garry Ashby said.


"It's the only Ferris wheel in Australia that has a rotating gondola as well as the wheel itself.  It's 37 metres in height, which is bigger than the previous Ferris wheel," he said. "[And] it looks absolutely spectacular at night time" 

There are other classic crowd pleasers back again by popular demand. 

The Canadian lumberjacks are back in business after four years and will return to Canberra for their last tour in Australia. 

"They do pole climbing and balancing on logs in the water," Mr Ashby said.

"They've proven in the past to be very popular."

The Canberra boys from the Showtime FMX Motocross are set to drop some jaws with gravity-defying stunts and aerial acrobatics. 

For those who prefer cars over bikes, there's the Trackskill Holden vs Ford Ute Challenge. This year's challenge includes the duo racing a full lap followed by a 180 degree sweep around a witches hat. 

If sitting on the edge of your seat watching the action isn't enough, there will be 27 extreme rides to choose from.

And as always, there is plenty of entertainment for the animal-lovers, not just the thrill-seekers.

Mr Ashby said 98 per cent of families visited the animal nursery where kids could learn about the huge range of animals on show, including alpacas, cattle, sheep and horses.

There will also be hundreds of exhibitions on offer, ranging from clothing and art to bread and flowers.

Then of course, there  are showbags. 

Mr Ashby said although he had a sweet tooth for the Freddo bags, the latest winner of best showbag went to the Spongebob showbag. This package includes a Spongebob flute, fishing game and face changer.

The Royal Canberra Show at Exhibition Park will be open from 8.30am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, and from 8.30am to 6pm Sunday.

Prices at the gate are $25 for adults and $12 for children, with a variety of family packs. For discounted pre-purchase tickets, visit the ActewAGL Assist Store in Civic and the ActewAGL Energy Shop at Fyshwick before Thursday.


National Fly-ball Championships

Friday: 10am to 4pm

Saturday: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Sunday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Farmyard nursery

Friday: 9.00am to 8.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am to 8.00pm

Sunday:  9.00am to 5.00pm

Full Tilt Jousting

Friday: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday: 12pm to 8.20pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5.30pm

Canadian Lumberjacks

Friday: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm

Saturday: 10.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm

Sunday: 13.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm

Trackskill Holden vs Ford Ute Challenge

Friday: 8.50pm

Saturday: 12.40pm, 5.20pm, 8.50pm

Sunday: 12.20pm, 5.45pm

Noah's Farm Thoroughbred Pig Racing

Friday: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.15pm, 4.00pm

Saturday: 9.30am, 11.45am, 2.15pm, 4.30pm

Sunday: 9.30am, 11.30am,  2.15pm, 3.30pm


Friday from 3.00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am

Rock Climbing

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1.00pm – late (fees apply for climbing during these times)


Friday: 9.20pm

Saturday: 9.20pm

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