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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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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*

Edited at 2014-08-13 09:05 pm (UTC)
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.