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Perth Families Say They Can’t Afford Royal Show As Organisers Attempt To Bust 'Expensive Myth'

As the Royal Show fast approaches, families across Perth are budgeting for a big day out, but it seems many will avoid the festivities altogether.

In the lead up to the event, 10 News First Perth asked its audience a question via Facebook: “Will you be going to the 2019 Perth Royal Show starting September 28? Why/Why not?”

After over 5,000 votes 83 percent said no, they would not attend the event, with many citing price as a major factor.

Perth Royal Show stock image: AAP

Perth woman Lisa Spicer, 38, said she would not be going with her four kids and partner this year.

“I used to take the kids every year,” she said.

“But by the time each person gets in, buys lunch, has a few rides and show bags there goes $1000.”

Spicer said she refused to support an event that “excludes so many families” due to price.

Perth woman Lisa Spicer, 38, (pictured) said she would not be going with her four kids and partner this year. Image: Facebook

But event organisers say they are working hard to make ‘Perth’s biggest ticket’ affordable for families.

“Perth Royal Show is WA’s biggest annual community event and we are always incredibly grateful for the support that we receive - year after year - from people all across the state,” RASWA Communications Executive Robert Davies said.

“We’re also conscious that a lot of people are feeling the pinch at the moment, particularly hard-working families, who are looking to make their money go further.

“We’ve worked hard to keep our ticket prices low in 2019.”

Perth woman Lisa Spicer will not be taking her kids (pictured) to the Perth Royal Show

Davies said despite what many think; some ticket prices have actually gone down this year.

The family price pass is down by $1 ($65 or $74 on the gate), but the on the gate price for an adult is up $2 (now $32), junior up by $1, and concession up by $2.

“These are the first price rises we’ve made in three years and we’re still one of the cheapest Royal Shows in Australia,” Davies said.

“By way of comparison, the Royal Melbourne Show adult ticket price for 2019 was $42 up to $80 for a family.”

“The price of a family ticket has actually fallen this year (down to $74) – however, if you were to buy a family pass ahead of show - through IGA - you could get it for just $65. That would cover a family of two adults and two children or one adult and four children.”

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To help visitors get the most of their show experience, organisers have put together 101 Free Things to See and Do Guide – listing all the free activities across the full eight days of the show – available at the RASWA website.

Organisers have also highlighted ‘show hacks’ to help families get the most out of their day:

Save on tickets

Discounts are available when buying tickets early. From now until September 28 early bird discounts are available online or at IGA. An adult ticket will cost $28, compared to $32 on the gate and a family pass will cost $65, compared to $74 on the gate.

There are also special offers at selected times and dates.

Thursday October 3 is Half Price Kids Day (on the gate only) and Friday October 4 Half Price Seniors Day (on the gate only). Tickets are also cheaper on the gate after 5pm.

Enjoy all the free attractions

Attractions such as the Animal Nursery and watching the fireworks are free. RASWA has a 101 Free Things to See and Do Guide on their website.

Bring your own food and beverages

The show allows you to bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol).

Contact the author pdevlin@networkten.com.au