Saturday, 16 April 2011
A Glimpse into a Country Show
I recently attended the local agricultural show which is about 45 minutes drive from my home and thought some of you (particularly those who don't live in a rural area - or even Australia) might like a peek into my day.
An "ag show" here has horse events, cattle and sheep showing, competitions in poultry, wool and produce, art, cooking, handicrafts and flowers. And probably more that I didn't see!
I attend up to four ag shows a year with my jewellery and at Dunedoo I had an area in the ladies pavillion. Needing to be there from 8am on the last day of daylight savings (which is at least 6 weeks too long at either end) meant that the sun still wasn’t up when I left home. The sun did come up on my journey there though
and the countryside looked lovely bathed in the early dawn.
While I was waiting for the steward to arrive I had time for a quick look around some of the pavillion’s exhibits before it opened to the public.
There was a constant stream of people through the pavillion all day, admiring all the talented ladies (and some men's) work … and a bit of my jewellery too! (I was wedged between the flowers and the photography).
It quietened down a bit over lunch so I took some shots from the pavillion entrance. Here is a glimpse towards the carnival side of things … go a bit further down here and you would arrive in side show alley.
Some weary looking competitors in a horse event - they look like they need lunch and a shady tree don't you think?
Children find out some of the perils of the pet show - so exciting for the competitors at one end of the leads I think.
But a lot of the show is about catching up with friends, whether you're young, or not.
The show went on til evening when the pavillion turned into a frenzy of people packing up (including me) and collecting their items and prizes. As I wearily headed home into the dark night, my rear view mirror caught a few fireworks lighting up the sky.
A lovely end to the day - hope you enjoyed your outing to the show!
PS I will be in Mudgee next week, Easter Saturday at the Makers Market in the grounds of St. Mary's, pop in and say hello if you're in town!