Our local show gets a visit from me.

@MsTickle (25050)
Australia
May 17, 2008 3:04am CST
Every medium sized and large country town in Australia has a local annual show. It's where the locals can show off what they do and or share information. My closest town is a small town but there was plenty to keep me interested when I visited yesterday. The first thing we saw was a bunch of cattle being washed and blow dried by two lads. The beasties were soft and fluffy by the time they finished, a bit further on all the cattle that had been judged were penned and the first one was a lovely gently brahmin beast. I gave him a lovely big cuddle...lots actually, every time I walked past. Walking on a bit further we come to the art pavilion where the paintings and also the photographs which have been entered have been judged. The next pavilion was the crafts...floral arrangements, quilting and other stuff, baking and jams and preserves, vege growing. There is so much to see and do. I've only covered a part of it. I know in the US there are State Fairs which are similar to what I'm describing...what sorts of experiences can folk share here?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
17 May 08
Hi Ms Tickle! Here in our country, we do have similar kind of activities. Usually, we celebrate our town fiesta. Fiesta or feast is a tradition that we have inherited from our ancestors. It is a Christian tradition wherein we celebrate the feast day of the town's patron saint. In each feast day, local towns have a grand feast, local competitions such as singing contest, beauty contest, art contest, best produce/crops or in other areas, the one who have the biggest fish and in other areas they have carabao racing. We do have bazaars and carnivals and street dancing. Sometimes, in other towns the celebration last until a week. It is always a happy moment for all of us. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
21 May 08
That sounds pretty exciting. I love seeing the different festivals around the world where there is lots of music and dancing and where the people wear traditional costumes. It's so wonderful to watch and shows the rich diversity in all our cultures.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
22 May 08
That is so true!
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@ellie333 (21018)
17 May 08
Here near me in the UK we have the Devon County Show which has been on for the last two days and ends today. They have best of breeds for cows, sheep and pigs. They have dog shows each day then on the third day a best of show. They have a horse show, a ferret race. There are show stands for argricultural equipment and lots of information and advice, organic food produce and local arts and crafts. It is attended by thousands of people and is seen as a very important show for those who depend on farming as an income. It sounds like you had a wonderful day at yours and I can just imagine you giving all those cuddle to the brahmin beast LOL. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
21 May 08
Our show is tiny compared to yours. This one compares favourably to the one I went to last year at the next biggest town except that they had goats (as well as a lot of other animals). The goats were just like my own goat Pickles. Our shows, like yours are very important to the people on the land, but they never miss an opportunity to stop work and have a yarn or meeting up with people at the shops. They seem to me to spend a lot of time standing around gossiping and yakking and swapping notes.
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@ellie333 (21018)
24 Aug 08
Hi MsTickle, Thank you so much for the best response. I really appreciate it. Huggles. Ellie :D
@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
18 May 08
Hi MsTickle, This sort of small town / country town produce fair is something that the big city types miss out on, I think. And it really reflects the different style and quality of life for rural communities compared to the large urban centers - clearly superior, by a wide margin. The last such fair I had been to was years and years ago, back in Tam-bloody-worth, with the annual show where they had circuses and ferris wheels and everything else as well as the produce festival. I believe the council has sold off the show-ground there for real-estate subdivision - so unfortunately the rot seems to have set in now. I do hope that this long-running drought doesn't spell the end of such affairs in future - a bit hard to run a produce fair without any produce?
@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
22 May 08
It appears to me that much of rural Australia is in economic decline. Whether it's a temporary, or even a generational, thing, or something more permanent remains to be seen. The current drought certainly seems to have had a profound impact across the board. And I think the culture of self-indulgence, where most people seem to have delusions of wealth and opulence without having to hardly do anything, is having consequences. So it would be nice to see the spirit of merriment and community participation return to the annual country fairs like they used to be. But that will likely have to wait until the climate gets a bit nicer, or people figure out how to work with what we've got. And I reckon we also need a general return to simpler, more sensible values of doing rather than just being. Of actually producing something, rather than just consuming. That's the energy that I can remember at the country shows - productive communities putting their vibrance and bounty on display for everyone to enjoy. No-one was overtly wealthy or well-off, but everyone was able to appreciate and experience what the local and surrounding communities have produced - namely, stuff that we need to live and eat, not a bunch of gadgets and useless ding-dongs pumped out of factories in some far-off land. As well as meeting the local characters and getting their perspectives on things. In many respects, a being able to enjoy a good country show was a metaphor for really living and enjoying life. As for Tam-bloody-worth, I love the place. I love it so much, I'd like to die there (except I can't, because I've always known that I'll die alone - probably in a cave on Mars - but even then, I'll be thinking of Tam-bloody-worth).
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
22 May 08
Insurance companies had a huge impact on the demise of small country events. Public Risk Liability made sure that premiums were so high that it was impossible to run the most basic of events that were loved by many in rural areas. There was no possibility of subsidies by rural councils either as they too don't have much scope for the costs. So thank you to all those who have sued for not watching where they walk!
• Australia
15 Jun 08
I love agricultural shows. I was city born and raised, but my heart belongs to the country, and I live in the country now. Sadly, having a family of little ones to take care of and a car that is so unreliable, I don't get to go to any of the shows in my area. I so miss catching up on the newest agricultural advances, but I guess that's what I get for raising my own herd. I'm not big on rides or showbags, and infact, have been told I'm a bore when i do go to the show. Yeah, well, I like the animals. I'm trained as a stock and station hand and I like to keep up with the latest techniques.
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
22 Jun 08
How many littlies do you have New? I'm also born and raised in a city, Sydney actually. The city is wasted on me...give me a paddock full of cows anytime. I love living in the country. I live on the plains in nth west NSW, where are you? I love all the agricultural exhibits and the animals. I'll buy a decent show bag if I find one just for the heck of it. I worked at the EKKA selling showbags in 1999 and there were some amazing showbags. Where I am now there are just a few crappy showbags not worth the money.
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• Australia
11 Jul 08
We almost have 5 under the age of 6! lol. #5 is getting ready for her grand entrance! We are in Gympie, QLD, and I 've only made it to the show here once in 5 years! lol. Ah well, country life is better than the rat race city!
@flowerchilde (12534)
• United States
21 May 08
I love things like that! We have these things at our county fairs.. along with rides and games.. I haven't been for a long time! I too like looking at the animals and crafts.. and also like to wander the "midway" and smell all the good food..
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
22 May 08
I was very good and ate nothing there. But I was certainly drooling at the thought of chicken kebabs with hommous and tabouleh and syrupy sweet Dutch pancakes. Thanks for joining in...
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• United States
22 May 08
O gal! You're makin' me hungry!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 May 08
I like going to state fairs but I havent ever joined in any of the activitys we have one here in the fall and its in a town 40 miles away but still in the county this county is huge for get how many miles it covers
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
22 May 08
Aussie Native Flowers - Aussie native Flowers, Grevillea and Banksia.
Does it have a big fair in the fall? Is it an agricultural centre or more citified. I don't join in anything but I love to just look at things. This photo is of some Australian native flowers called Grevillea. The little red one at the bottom right of centre is a bottle-brush or Banksia.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 May 08
yes a big fair I have heard we havent gone yets for the town is like 40 miles away that has the fair grounds. And I really ant to go one year maybe I can get teh kids to go this year. then I will find out what is there. Nice flowers
@ElicBxn (61076)
• United States
18 May 08
We have a rodeo every year in March, but I've never been drawn to go, tho I used to go work for a friend who had a booth. I have also never driven up to Dallas to go to the Texas State Fair, tho my mom used to go up to it when my bro lived in the Dallas area and wanted to take his daughter to it.
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
21 May 08
When I was little I saw a movie called State Fair that was about the Texas State Fair. I loved that movie. We used to go every year to the Royal Easter show in Sydney when I was growing up. It's where we lived. It's a huge affair with everything on a massive scale. If you get to show your doings at the Royal, you are special. There was a massive horticultural display with all types of flowers...and of course anything that won a champion ribbon for it's section was absolutely splendid....the best of the best. There was so much to see and do ...it really couldn't be done in a day. There was side show alley where you got to go on crazy rides and ghost trains and mirror mazes etc, lots of displays of everything imaginable from homes to cars to fire engines to ant farms. The show goes for 10 days over the Easter period. Now that I'm much older, these smaller shows are more my speed but I'll never forget the big ones...there was so much to learn from them.
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@ElicBxn (61076)
• United States
22 May 08
Movie, huh? Well, if I ever have the opportunity I'll hav'ta watch it. I've always been a city gal, when I rode I'd sometimes go to a horse show, different cup'o tea than a rodeo. Fairs have always been kind of - you are a 4H member, you go to fairs, if not - why go?
@mummymo (23707)
18 May 08
We have seperate events here Tickle, we have Highland games , flower and veg shows and farmers shows all seperately done in different areas at different times during summer! I haven't made it to any in the last few years but hopefully soon I will be able to! xxx
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
21 May 08
Ours have all different shows mixed in together. They were doing gymkhana and other horse riding events while I was there the other day. There were also going to be other displays a ute muster, ride on lawn mower races, a motor bike stunt rider and fireworks. Apparently there were sheep and wool shows as well but I didn't get to see them. I just saw where the fleece had been judged. I hope you can get to it soon Morag. I think it's a great family day out.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
29 May 08
We have a festival once a year called the Apple Festival but it isn't till October and everyone close to where I live love it because town is usually so packed you can't get into it and have to walk alot. I don't think we have fairs, I haven't seen any anyhow in my town but maybe in the bigger towns they are.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
21 May 08
Hi Sweets Here we have our county fairs I was on the fair board and also superintended the horse shows My daughter showed her horses and other animals for many years.. Fun! xoxoxoxoxo
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
22 May 08
Oh yes...there are always plenty of committee members to go round. Nothing would happen if these good people didn't do their thing.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
19 May 08
Here in Texas we have the same thing,each town has its on show..Its like you said,we have animals, crafts ,things for sale,cook offs etc,,i enjoy them very much.i put on my cap and jeans and go browsing,its great fun.i always end up buying a few things that i see.I also geta lot of ideas for crafts that i can make here at home...I enjoy all the sites,the music,the crafts,art and the food,its all great..We also have a very large flea market here that is open Sat 7 sunday and i enjoy going there as well...
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@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
22 May 08
I love flea markets too. I find though that they don't have the same atmosphere as a big fair or show. However if it's a big flea market like the ones in Brisbane there is plenty of atmosphere there. It's one of the reasons I would go.
@Hatley (164231)
• Garden Grove, California
17 May 08
before I got handicapped I used to go to the Orange County fair every summer. i loved to see all the different displays from baking and jellie to painting and garden displays and veggie and fruit,it had everything even a building of new inventions. also there were tons of snacks bars selling every kind of food imaginable. I always had to indulge in the various snacks and go to all the various demonstrations. what fun.Also there were all kinds of farm animals on display too and several different rodeo rides. just a fun thing to do
@MsTickle (25050)
• Australia
21 May 08
It was good fun. I'm glad it was only small because I went round and looked at what there was a few times and I became very tired all of a sudden. I was not impressed when I got back to the car to find I'd left my keys locked inside the car....lol.