BIG DAY OUT!
The month of May can be a bit nippy in the central west of New South Wales. However, for the organizers of the Royal Bathurst Show there is a bonus. Inside the showground are giant elms, in full autumn glory.
Having attended Sydney’s Royal Easter Show a few weeks earlier I wondered how a regional show would measure up. Certainly there was that same heavenly aroma as my partner and I approached; a unique blend of Dagwood dogs, sugary doughnuts, hot chips and fairy floss.
The cattle judging was underway; so good for a dairy farmer’s daughter to be able to watch up close . I tried to educate my city raised partner on the finer points of a cow’s anatomy.
And then there’s the wool! Remember the old maxim; ‘Australia rides on the sheep’s back?’ All a bit different now, but a fine Merino fleece is a sight to behold!
Plenty of time to visit the chooks:
And much easier to find a seat at the wood-chopping, even though the ‘stand’ was so dinky. At a regional show, it’s all hands on deck to tidy up the arena between events;
Into the wonderful home crafts pavilion. It was blissfully crowd free at the decorated cakes. Here is a special exhibit;
Hmm, but I think these poor pigs may have died of embarrassment!
It was great to have time to inspect the rest of the cooking competition. How lovely to see a young boy win first prize for his ANZAC biscuits;
But these ones leave a lot to be desired! Too much golden syrup??
Cake bakers, you must keep your fruit up to stand any chance of success. Clearly in the example below the mixture was too slack by half. (says me the expert… ha ha) The entry pictured below right was a worthy winner.
The atmosphere at Bathurst was wonderful, with locals around the ground calling out greetings to each other and to the competitors in various events. Even as ‘blow-ins’ from Blackheath we met someone we knew…our plumber. (no wonder he could afford so many showbags!)
Elsewhere there was a man educating the public about snakes. He tipped out a large tiger snake and assured us they were harmless. He reminded us that they cannot chase people as they have no legs (but surely they can wriggle along pretty quick!) and cannot hear us, as they are stone deaf. He picked the tiger snake up and yelled at it half an inch from its fangs. It didn’t react at all. Mind you, in the next breath he said he once nearly died of snake bite.
As the rodeo was about to begin, we were asked to be upstanding for the playing of the National Anthem. Much to the crowd’s amusement, at every attempt the speakers blasted out the theme music from Rawhide! To be honest, I’m not sure I really approve of bull riding etc. Maybe it was an omen that Advance Australia Fair refused to co-operate.
By now it was bitterly cold and we were ready for home; tired but happy. Was the experience at Bathurst better than Sydney’s Royal Easter? Umm….YES!
If you have read my blog on the Easter show, do you think this one sounds better? Don’t forget to complete the anti-spam sum if you leave a comment. I would love to hear about agricultural shows in other countries, as well. I went to the Royal Bath Show once. It was great, but there were no sideshows or showbags!!