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Sydney Royal 2021: Jason Fountain, a third generation show hand

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Jason Fountain, Newtown, has worked at the show for 31 years.

Jason Fountain, Newtown, has worked at the show for 31 years.

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'You don't get to see too many cows in Newtown', says Jason Fountain, who this year clocked up 31 years as a show hand.

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Jason Fountain is the third generation of his family to be a behind-the-scenes worker at Sydney Royal, this year being his 31st show.

"And my dad did it for 47 years," he said.

It was through his father, Terry, he got his first show job.

"When I was 18 he said 'did you want to come try the show', and I've been here ever since."

Likewise, his father got into the job the same way, grandfather Frank having also done 10 years at the show.

And he hopes next year his son, Jack, will have a go too. He's 21.

Jason's favourite part - the cattle. "It's the only time of year I get to see them - you don't get to see too many cows in Newtown."

For those looking to work at the show, he said "I reckon start in the cattle. You enjoy every day of it - it's fun, you'll have a good laugh and it's good company with all the workers".

For the rest of the year he is kept busy refurbishing commercial kitchen catering equipment.

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