I put this photo up front because this is my favourite memory from childhood visits to our local agricultural show. They weren't Disney characters back then but clown heads with big open mouths slashed with red. I heard an ex-carnie (person who works in carnivals) say on the radio the other day that they and many other of the carnival attractions are rigged so that you cant win top prize. That bottom pin is never going to fall over with a sandbag being thrown at it because it is weighted to stay put. Bit of a spoil sport but then how many kids are listening to drive time radio on their way home from work.
|standard take-away fare that certainly hasn't changed.|
|Fairy Floss - i use to love this stuff but couldn't stand the sugar overload now.|
We all knew at school who had thrown up on a ride and who (tsk tsk) had been seen smooching with one of the "carnies" around behind the livestock sheds. In hindsight i think the attraction was not that these guys were so attractive it was that they were different. Meaning you didn't spend your entire life growing up with them.
Arhh... good memories. Well it was all such a long long time ago.
Last Saturday, i went with Tom (his first show ever at 16) and friends (Naomi, Ian and son, David) to my first ever "Big Smoke" show. Not just any show but the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show. In small towns throughout the country the local shows prize winners usually get automatic entry into a regional show and then they progress to state level if successful. I'm sure this is the same worldwide and so by the time you get to Melbourne, you've got to be right up there with the best of the best.
Our big adventure started off at their home in Spotswood. Ive got to show you it because it was recently renovated to become a two storey house and i love it. Very Wisteria Lane, don't you think?
|Out the back of this beautiful home are chickens and veggies in a lovely mature garden.|
I had pre-purchased the tickets online. Adult - General Entry ($34) and Adult - (Entry and Ticket to Ride) for Tom $60 - Ouch! Pre-warned i had a wad of cash but no need, they had ATM's very conveniently placed all over the place. They certainly didn't have that back way back when. Come to think of it ATMs didn't exist. Gulp!
There were multiple gut wrenching make you want to vomit rides that I'm very glad Tom couldn't go on. Since his episode of Intercranial Hypertension that involved a spinal tap and going temporarily cross-eyed, he gets vertigo going on a round-a-bout so he was confined to Dogem Cars and a sedate trip on the Ferris Wheel. His friend, David managed to go on a few of the others by himself with no ill affects. Must be acclimatised to being thrown upside down and being shaken to death. I couldn't imagine anything worse.
Our day, the adults that is, was spent wandering the pavilions of displayed prize winners, livestock competitions, and partaking in the the many samples provided by Victorians food producers. We almost didn't have to eat lunch, but we did anyway.
|A bakery set up inside preparing sausage rolls behind a glass wall.|
|Lunch, beef pie with the flakiest of pastry topped with mash and mushy peas covered in rich gravy - $8.|
Good value and very good. Why on earth would you go outside and buy greasy takeaway rubbish when inside you can get such wholesome quality food.
|Milk and Strawberry White Chocolate Fountains for dipping strawberries into.|
|Ian and Naomi with the Aussie Farmers Direct mascot. I signed on for membership and when i get time ill take a look at how i can best support our local farmers by buying direct.|
|Somehow Thomas the Tank and the Fat Controller made it inside out of the weather.|
|Lining up for fresh prawn tasters. Yep, Ian has Grinders coffee in hand as well. Pretty fancy eating at these city shows.|
|Someone had a lot of time on their hands. These are crocheted.|
|You have got to be impressed with this outfit.|
|Very clever and Funny - it really was beautiful|
|This is a cake made by a novice - seriously, a novice?|
|Not everybody got the memo about looking their best for judging.|
|Really - just give up and go home or take a few notes from the next guy. Sorry Shelby!|
|Two happy boys with ridiculous drink holders. I think this was Tom's favourite thing from the Show. He's still using it today.|
|There were lots of good ideas in the backyard and outdoor living pavilions.|
|The best $13 spent on the day. This is a great book and i look forward to learning from the best.|
Oh, as for those feet, i am still taking pain killers and hobbling. I need to lose weight! No, that was not an invitation for diet suggestions.
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