'There is a child inside each of us, who only comes out in front of the person we are most comfortable with.' This quote, by 'unknown', certainly rings true in my own life. If there's one thing that will bring out the inner child in me, and my beloved Peter, it's a day out at the Royal Canberra Show.
A choc-top soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone always makes for a good start to the Canberra Show, methinks. There's a stand by the EPIC entrance that we use and I eat my ice cream as we check out the merino sheep and alpaca judging. Meanwhile, Peter enjoyed an alpaca pie, which made me happy, as he decided against his once-a-year deep fried, battered Dagwood Dog (ugh!).
Merino and alpaca judging...
Full Tilt Jousting...
We'd bookmarked the jousting on the program, as it was one of the highlights we were particularly interested in seeing. This was the debut appearance by Full Tilt Jousting at the Show, and it was highly entertaining. Those knights in shining armour were a hit with the young ladies in the crowd, too.
There's something about cattle and cows. I'm in awe whenever I see them. This one has the shiniest coat ever.
This gentle giant (below) was taller than his lanky handler and weighed in at over 1,100 kilos! Wow.
Sheep in the petting zoo...
Peter and I love the petting zoo... there are baby ducklings (pictured top) and sheep, piglets, peacocks, turkeys, and a menagerie of other baby animals.
Trackskill Holden vs Ford Ute Challenge...
The dust was thick and we screamed with laughter when the Holden and Ford utilities roared around the track.
ShowTime FMX Freestyle Motocross...
The motocross teams wowed the audience with spectacular mid-air feats.
Australian National Flyball Championships...
Forty canine teams competed in the Australian National Flyball Championships over the Show weekend. As dog lovers, this is among our favourite and most delightful things to see at the Royal Canberra Show.
The heavens opened with a massive downpour just as the starter gun went off for the pig racing, so this was the only shot I managed to grab. We made haste and darted for shelter in the exhibition buildings.
Australian Federal Police and Constable Kenny Koala...
The Australian Federal Police always have an informative exhibit at the Royal Canberra Show, enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Children love to meet Constable Kenny Koala. Constable Kenny Koala has been a popular figure in Canberra for more than 30 years, and his role is to educate children on a range of crime prevention and safety messages.
My father grew dahlias and I think he would have loved seeing the champions in this year's horticultural exhibits! These are such beautiful specimens.
Baked goods, home grown produce and decorated cakes are among the good things featured in Harvest Hall. Note to self, you MUST enter one of the categories next year!
This prize winning entry (below) was crafted from icing!
I was happy to see some pears grown by my old work mate, Kathleen, awarded first and second prize! Well done!
And it was a joy to see that my friends Carmen, Todd and Mitch from Honey Delight and Canberra Urban Honey once again took out some ribbons! Well deserved.
Out and about...
There's so much to see and do at the Royal Canberra Show. We spent a whopping five and a half hours there, and arrived home tired and dusty, but happy. Truly, we had a great time and I'm already looking forward to next year.
And finally, Sideshow Alley...
The Good Things team attended the 2015 Royal Canberra Show thanks to the generosity of ACTEW AGL, who kindly provided us with tickets.
Record numbers flocked to the Show on Friday, and again during the day on Saturday, however expected numbers didn’t extend through Saturday night or Sunday, with 95,128 visitors to the Show overall. Royal National Capital Agricultural Society Chief Executive Officer, Garry Ashby, expressed a belief that this dip in visitors was probably due to a number of other major events being held at the same time as the Show. 'It was a wonderful event this year and there was a terrific atmosphere over the three days. Our show dates are planned five years in advance, so we hope next year there isn’t the same clash with other events.'
Mark your diaries now for the 2016 Royal Canberra Show, which will be held on Friday 26, Saturday 27, and Sunday 28 February 2016.
Tell me dear readers, do you enjoy spending a day at an agricultural show? And do you ever give your inner child the opportunity to come and enjoy him or her self?
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