WITH the clock ticking down to the start of the 2001 Perth Royal Show, a timely reminder to competitors of the closing dates for entries in the Show's exciting array of competitions.
The Perth Royal Show will commence on Friday, September 28, but the deadlines for many competitions are only days or weeks away.
The Royal Agricultural Society is looking to build on last year's tally of 18,000 entries in event categories as diverse as cattle and cake decorating, woodchopping and wine to sheepdogs and showjumping.
The competitions offer a total prize pool of $150,000 and the opportunity for people across the state to demonstrate their talents before the largest annual gathering of West Australians in a single venue.
"When you consider that the Perth Royal Show has been bringing together the wonderful skills and resources of West Australian communities for more than 160 years, there is truly something very special about competing and winning at the Show, " Royal Agricultural Society president Lou Giglia said.
"Whether you're breeding Brahman cattle, showing alpacas or crocheting baby clothes, we believe top honours at the Perth Royal Show entitles you to say with pride that you are the best in the West," Mr Giglia said.
In 2001, the Royal Agricultural Society will present more than 2,200 commemorative medallions, champion sashes and trophies to Royal Show Supreme and Reserve Champions.
More than 5,200 ribbons will be awarded to winners of individual classes with thousands of certificates, vouchers and rosettes presented to other placegetters.
The Royal Agricultural Society is also encouraging local exhibitors to take advantage of the Royal Show's standing as WA's largest community event.
"With more than half a million people set to come through the turnstiles at Claremont Showgrounds for this year's Show, it follows that exhibitors can be confident of a host of new commercial opportunities," said Lou Giglia.
Agricultural Art: Fri, June 29; Agricultural Schools & College & Farm Skills: Fri, Aug 10; Alpaca & fleeces: Fri, Aug 17; Apiculture: Fri, Aug 24; Art exhibition - open: Wed, Aug 1; Bread & pastry cooking: Mon, Sept 10. Cattle: Beef: Fri, Aug 10; Dairy: Fri, Aug 10; Prime steers & heifers: Fri, Aug 10; Creative crafts and cookery: Fri, July 27; Dairy products: Fri, Aug 10; Dogs: Mon, Aug 6; Goats: Angora: Fri, Aug 10; Boer meat: Fri, Aug 10; Cashmere: Sat, Aug 4; Cashmere fleeces: Sat, Aug 4; Capretto: Post entries; Dairy: Fri, Aug 10; Mohair fleeces: Fri, Aug 3; Heifer competition (Pen of 3): Fri, Aug 24. Prime lamb: Fri, Aug 24; Sheep: Tues, Aug 28; Sheep shearing: Mon, Sept 10; Wool: Fri, Aug 24.