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13 August 2014 @ 07:57 pm
All the fun of the fair  
It was Ekka day today - otherwise known as People's Day at the Qld Royal Agricultural Exhibition. The whole shebang lasts for over a week, but each local government area gets a gazetted public holiday during the week so that people can attend, and today was my day. And for the first time in ten years I actually went. And it was terrific fun! I'm that tired tonight that I can barely move, but it was worth it.

Fortunately the forecast showers held off and we were treated to a lovely sunny winter's day, topping 22 degrees.

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Holding aloft a margarita mix which I'm looking forward to trying.

There were the usual funfair things, like rides and sideshows,

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and photo opportunities for my son's girlfriend,

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but there were also the real reasons for the exhibition's existence, being agricultural products,

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including a Best Pumpkin competition:

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and of course the livestock -

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Loved this statesman-like gentleman:

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I got to pat some very friendly Nubian goats, and picked up some goats milk soap as well.

Also chooks of all descriptions; this guy was my favourite:

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and apparently this is a thing:

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Also displays of beautiful handicrafts, including the most intricate quilts. These were my two favourites:

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Then there was the food -

Chips on a stick!

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It was really delicious!

And the traditional showground fare:

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No show would be complete without showbags - this was my collection of swag from the day.

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Ginger rocky road; I can't say how much I'm looking forward to eating that.

By the time we left there were purple storm clouds on the horizon, but here it is 7.50pm and still not a drop of rain.
Back to work tomorrow and the week's already more than half over. I wouldn't mind having every Wednesday off, it breaks up the working week nicely.
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ali15son: pic#122565787ali15son on August 13th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
You look like you are thoroughly enjoying yourself ...I hope you enjoyed your margarita xx
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
I had a brilliant day thanks! xx Margaritas as yet unmade; will pick up some tequila this weekend and give it a try.
sunray45: Angelfishsunray45 on August 13th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
OMG! You'll have to jog all the way to work for the next six months if you get through all those showbags. *bg*

It was a nice sunny day, although we had a very brisk southeaster blowing down here.

Glad you all had fun.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:21 am (UTC)
OMG! You'll have to jog all the way to work for the next six months if you get through all those showbags. *bg*
You're not wrong! I sorted off a smaller bag for a friend, but still have just so much there it's indecent. Planning on a slow devouring, one Bertie Beetle per night. *g*
The wind didn't pick up until after we got back home, thank goodness. Day was lovely and warm in the city.
a honeyed wine at night: slow loris meadmoonlightmead on August 13th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! This looks like it was great fun!

That first picture, it looked for a second as though all the stuff about was springing out of your margarita, and I thought, 'ooh, that's an interesting margarita' :)

Chicken holding? A thing? And the chip on a stick - wow! The animals remind me of the agricultural and county shows here, but I have never seen a marrow or a squash that size ('yes! I am real!' - so sweet!) Love the woolly beasts - they must be sweltering. Please tell me they are sheared at some stage, the poor things.

The youth district exhibits made me laugh because I took a photo of something similar here at the eisteddfod - someone had won a prize with a knitted and stuffed twrch trwyth, a Great Beast (wild boar, but bigger, scarier, and more magical) that crops up in medieval tales. The juxtaposition of this scary monster and knitting was just wonderful.

(Oh, and the quilting - wow. And also: rainbows!)
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Sort of a margarita-go-boom, you mean? *g* Yeah, that would have been interesting. It's probably what I'll be seeing after I've had a few.

Yep, queues of kids all waiting for their chance to hold a little chick in their hands. It was really sweet! If it had been a full-size hen I'm afraid I'd have been lining up also.

The sheep would normally be shorn at the beginning of spring, so they don't have long to wait. That merino was carrying a serious fleece,though.

Grinning at the thought of the knitted twrch trwyth! Nothing like a plushy monster, is there.
byslantedlight: Blue skiesbyslantedlight on August 13th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Showbags! I'd forgotten all about showbags - they were such an amazing treat from our wee local shows! Like the grown-up contents too, ginger rocky road sounds gorgeous. And Bertie Beetle! How could I have forgotten Bertie Beetle?! I'll just be over here, all dazed and in nostalgia... *g*

Sounds like a gorgeous fun day - great photos too. Those clouds, that sky!

ETA - and chips on a stick! Never seen that before, but I'm reading some Terry Pratchett right now, and I bet Cut-my-own-Throat Dibbler had something to do with that... *g*

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miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Showbags are so much fun! I have very fond childhood memories of showbags from the Sydney Royal Easter Show. And Bertie Beetles are a must; in fact that was the only bag on my "must get" list, the others were negotiable. *g*

I'd never heard of chips-on-a-stick before either - just one long potato piece cut in such a way that it formed one long spiral, then lightly dusted with the salt of your choice. I chose chicken salt and it was yummy.
mrua7mrua7 on August 13th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Love the pics, (looks like our State Fair) love the quilts, love Flake!!! And oh yes the chips on a stick? Now that's cool. But most of all love seeing the face behind the name. Enjoy that Margarita mix...
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
I guess state fairs are much the same the world over, really - a chance for everyone to show off their skills at cooking / sewing / growing the biggest pumpkin etc *g*.
Looking a bit weary in that photo, it was near the end of the day by then and the old legs had just about had enough.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on August 13th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)

Oooh looks just like the state fairs here which are really fun although no one gets the day off to go.
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on August 14th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
It's such a Queensland thing, getting an Ekka holiday. Never happened with the Royal Easter show when I lived in Sydney, nor did any of the regional cities I lived in give everyone a public holiday to attend. A lot of people seemed to take advantage of it; the place was swarming. Still good fun though.
Newsy: cheekynewsy891 on August 15th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
The chicken looks like it got covered in glue and rolled in the feathers of nine other chickens. So cute!
miwahnimiwahni on August 16th, 2014 07:28 am (UTC)
That's a perfect description! Apparently the owners have to bath and blow-dry them to prepare them for the show, just like long haired cats.