Detailed entry information and entry forms can be found here, but I've summarised the essential info:
~ Entry forms and fees are due Wednesday 27 July 2011 (the fees are less if you enter by 17 June)
~ Your actual entry (art, craft) must be delivered by hand on 14-15 September at the showgrounds, or by post by 13 September
~ This means you will have almost 2 months between when you enter and when your item is due
~ You can also enter things you've made within 2 years of the show date, as long as you haven't entered them in a previous Royal Melbourne Show
~ Entries are open to anyone from anywhere in Australia!
Here are just some of the categories (there are loads of sub-categories under each) ...
fashion and design
knitting (by hand and machine)
patchwork, quilting & applique
I participated last year and managed a Commended Certificate for my machine embroidered cushion (chuffed!). I'm going to enter again this year, and my hope is that the blogging craft community is really well represented with wonderful, clever, creative craft.
Please feel free to use parts of this post to promote the show on your blog - the more the merrier!