Now isn't that a mouthful! Ah, there's nothing like it for this country gal. (Well, country in my memories as I am forced to live in suburbia... for the moment...).
One of the very first things I dragged the kids and the Darlinge off to was the cattle pavilion. Here we did the time honoured show parade through the shed, watching the Darlinge cringe and the kids be torn between 'eeewwwing' at the smell, and being entranced by some of the biggest beautiful Murray Greys you're ever going to see.
This will undoubtably lessen me in many people's eyes, but just the faintest whiff of a fresh cow pat, mixed with the smell of straw and lucerene hay takes me straight back to the happiest times and places of my childhood. Ditto with the smell of freshly cleaned leather horses' tack, shampoo, bran, cooked barley and molasses.
And there is nothing like the nostalgia of looking through the Harvest Hall exhibition, where I can compare how my scones look with the prize winning half dozen, or marvel at the latest trends in cake decorating.
I was so very chuffed and happy to see that the craft exhibition has really exploded! Every year for the past three years it has just got bigger and bigger. And the quality of the workmanship! Phoawr! It's gone through the roof.
Cloth Dolls were awesome (but I'm a little bit over Paverpol sculptures), the quilts were plentiful, especially the school entries. The textile arts were extremely well represented from the worlds' most fiddly and intricate hand knitting, to felted clothing. Wow. Again, so many young kids entering! Not all of it was great, but that's the bloody point, kiddies getting up and having a go (channelling Roy and HG).
Judging from all that I saw, the future is in very inventive and capable hands - Yay kids! One sad sort of note though, was that at least 95% of the textile stuff entered by students, was from private schools, I can't recall seeing public shools represented. That sucks.
The Art Show was wonderful, and a really good showcase of the immense talent in our region. Some of the portraiture was a bit how's your father, but the watercolour and the calligraphy was swoon-worthy!
The usual suspect food was thoroughly enjoyed, such as King Kob (corn on the cob slathered in sundried tomato butter) and the ever popular chocolate fountain (which I cannot bring myself to indulge in, but the kids love).
Matthew's favourite is the marshmallows:
The pictures are very blurry (hey, it's only a $97 camera after all!) and don't do them justice, but the Yamaha stunt motorcross team were bloody unbelievable. Between that and the Toyota HiLux Heroes, I very nearly had multiple heart attacks! Even Peter enjoyed himself:
The HiLix Heroes were almost as bad, as I kept imagining the "BANG" of a high impact car crash, every time they did cross overs, and donuts around one another. It got not only the hoons in the audience giving 'devil dude hands', but also certain 44 year old hoons at heart...
And we got to see them all three days of the show.
The fireworks were beyond belief! We are so blessed to have such a great, great Show.
I am still basking in the creative, cow dungy, 'cakey', scone infested, wilting vegetable sculpture ridden, heart-stopping action that is the ACTEWAGL Royal Canberra Show. Happy 80th RCS!