26 February 2013
all the fun of the fair
Do you go to your local town's show/ fair/ carnival?? This is our sixth year here in Canberra & the first time we've been to 'the show'. I'm not anti show, i just prefer smaller country shows, they're a little more hands on. We never did the Darwin Show (while we lived there, twice); Brisbane Ekka (while visiting my husband, living in Qld for the past 3 years) & we've never taken our children to the Royal Sydney Easter Show (when we lived there) either - we're not entirely horrible, they have been to Disneyland.
The weather was dismal, which is unusual for inland Canberra, sludging around in mud. Our teenager went with friends on the Saturday, enjoying rides & carnival food. I went on Friday morning when it opened & again on Sunday with the three youngest children (miraculously between downpours!!) Much of what we wanted to see was in the exhibition halls anyway, like the cake decorating . . .
& low crowds meant we were able to see all the animals - our main focus.
One of my nephews is a champion cow show'er, from boarding school - now he's doing agriculture at University. I bet his cows behaved better than this!! Ooppss.
As it's the Canberra Centenary next month, they had all sorts of old fashioned side show alley memorabilia - i loved this area.
The presentation ribbons are gorgeous, look at that fringing!!
There were arts, crafts, pottery & quilts. I thought these toadstools were adorable.
I think we'll try again in the couple of years, with better weather & go as a family, stay for the main arena shows & more horse action. Love Posie