It’s Show Season out here… a few weeks where a flurry of small towns showcase their local talent, with events and contests for a huge range of skills.
There’s the woodchopping – it takes strength, agility, courage and skill. (Defintely the last one – or you could lose a toe!)
The tree event is my favourite – my heart is in my mouth as those guys balance on planks high in the air as they weild razor-sharp axes.
The guy in the foreground was second in the world at the Sydney Royal Show recently. It’s a handicapped event so he had an enormous time ‘penalty’ in this event.
That’s his Dad chopping beside him… he was taking it easy, letting the young fellas have a crack!
About to send that block flying…
Then there is the slightly more sedate (but amazingly skilled) arena, in the Show Pavilion…
Novelty cakes are my favourite – how cool is this castle? Ice cream cones for turrets/roofs/whatever castles have as lids!
Check out the checkerboard cake!! Wowsers… makes my mudcakes look kinda boring.
And my VERY favourite offering – can you see what these cupcakes are decorated as?
A roast chicken dinner!!!!! I am in awe…
Of course we had the Junior Cattle Judging…
There were a HUGE number of entries – a LOT of kids to listen to. But it’s so great to see them growing in confidence each time they have a go.
Dash considering his verdict…
Violet very subtly checking out the ‘underline’ of this bull. (Boy bits need to be ‘tidy’ so they don’t hurt themselves. Trust me on this.)
Violet tells the crowd about her choices – she even looked UP – well done!!
The relief when her turn was over was pretty evident. (Aside: those dimples never fail to slay me.)
The Grand Parade is a traditional highlight of any show… A chance to sit back and take in the ‘cream of the crop’ so to speak…
It’s fun to see the ribbons festooned over winning animals…
With best-costumed kids and ponies steaking the limelight a little…
And gorgeous girls (showgirl entrants and winners) adding a little glamour to the scene.
This show also offers a rodeo – which is a great chance for locals to catch up, have a burger and a beer, listen to some pumping country rock and watch young cowboys and cowgirls show off their riding skills.
Our jackaroo Cal competed in the bull ride – after a number of weekends travelling far and wide for events, it was nice to have an event close to home.
Fun for us to watch him too – he nabbed second place and managed to stay uninjured. (The strapping helps apparently).
My favourite shot from the weekend was this one….
As the crowd quietened and doffed hats for the Cowboys’ Prayer and the Australian National Anthem.
Two shows down, two to go in our region – I wonder what action is up this weekend?
Have YOU got a local show? What’s your favourite ‘show’ thing?