Josh Bushell has seen his fair share of Sydney Royal Easter Shows – 58 he thinks, give or take a couple.
Josh was introduced to the show by his family and says the annual visit to the show runs in “my blood”.
In fact, it could be argued agricultural shows were a way of life for him. As a former manager of the Western District Exhibit at the Royal Easter Show, it was in his best interest to see as many of the shows in his district as was humanly possible.
At his busiest, Josh once dropped in on the Molong show during the morning, headed over to Eugowra for lunch and then stopped in at Broken Hill to top off the day. “It would have been 1100 or 1200 kilometres,” he said. “And then we were off to another one in the morning.”
Now retired from the land and living on the Sunshine Coast, Josh still has a close affinity with the Hawkesbury region and is still actively involved with the Western District Exhibit.
His hard work has not gone unrecognised with Josh set to receive a gold medal at this year’s show from the Royal Agricultural Society – an honour reserved for those with a history of more than 40 years service.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.