TWO Nana Glen boys had a special preview of the record 331 showbags on offer at the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Official testers were Rickie Thorncroft, 4 and Seton Hargans, 16, who enjoyed a glimpse of all the goodies before choosing their favourite two showbags.
The boys were among those invited from Royal Far West and Westmead Children’s Hospital to get a sneak peak before the Royal Easter Show runs from April 14 to 27.
They were staying at Royal Far West which helps country kids access specialist health services and the launch was a well-deserved break from the bustle of medical appointments.
Royal Far West CEO Jann Kingston said the charity was delighted to have its young patients invited to the showbag launch.
“Country kids come to Royal Far West to access specialist health services which may not be available in the areas where they live,” Ms Kingston said.
“Their time here is usually very busy with medical appointments so the showbag testing is a wonderful treat among all the hard work.
“Being able to get a glimpse of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is really a once-in-a-lifetime thing for many of them.”
The day included an animal farm, face painting and interaction with the characters featured in showbags.
Sydney Royal Easter Show general manager Michael Collins said the sneak peek of the showbags was a very fun and exciting opportunity.
“Getting a sneak peek at what’s new this year as well as sifting through all the old favourites – what could be more fun than that?” Mr Collins said.
“The kids are in for a treat, with a huge range from their favourite television shows like Dora the Explorer, Toy Story 3 and Glee.
“There are 130 showbags selling for $10 and under, with an average price of $13.80, so there’s something for everyone’s budget.
“I say to showgoers: get the showbag that you always wanted, even if it means the kids being unimpressed at dad wearing a Spiderman mask for the entire day.”
SNEAK PEEK: Rickie Thorncroft (left) and Seton Hargans rummage through their showbags.