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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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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.