The Goondiwindi Show was on Fri and Sat and Martyn gave us the afternoon off. Chris cooked the evening meal after breakfast and we plated it and refrigerated it for the residents. Then is was off to the show.
I’ve always loved the Brisbane exhibition but haven’t been since hitting the road so this trip was particularly exciting for me.
The Gundy locals had been talking about the show and it was described by one young lady in Target like this. “Have you ever been to a big show…like Toowoomba? Well it’s like that…only smaller”.
Well it didn’t disappoint.
You get to park inside the show grounds free, cost of entry $15 adults. I wish I had known this before as we would have brought along fold up chairs.
There were tractor displays from both John Deere and Case as well as the local Toyota dealers all with their “show discounts”. Local shops and businesses displayed their wares and there were many other great displays and stalls such as leather crafts, hats, interior decorators, agricultural displays on weeds and all aspects of the rural industries around the region. Even the local vet had a display.
Sideshow alley is always a favourite as I always look forward to checking out the new rides. Being zipped into a large ball and put into a pool of water looked interesting. Wonder if it could be a new fitness craze as it seemed to take a lot of effort to roll the ball around the pool. Of course I had to have a go on the “Clowns” as I have done every time I’ve been to the Ekka since I was a little girl. You’re never too old to “be young again”.
There are great cooks in the surrounding districts shown by the large variety of cooking sections. From the kids sections to the adults, everyone is represented. I believe, from the last time I went to the Brisbane show, a lot more contestants too. You seem to find the same names competing in the Brisbane show but here every body had a go, and from what I saw no failures. But even if you did have a failure they had a section for that to. If your cake has sunk in the middle (Lake Eyre), risen in the centre, (Ayres Rock) or has “the biggest crack” in it (Katherine Gorge) isn’t that cool, even I could have entered after all my failures over the years.
The flowers, vegetable’s and fruit were a credit to the growers. They also had a section for kids with great imagination with fruit and vegetables made into great scenes, animals or bride and grooms.
But the biggest enjoyment we had was watching the events. They held the National Sheep Dog trials. All contestants had a different way of communicating with their dog’s. There were hand signals, whistles and spoken commands. The dogs eagerly did what their masters wanted moving the sheep through pens and obstacles.
Then it was off to the Sheep Shearing and fleece handlers competitions. It was here where we caught up with Martyn and Sarah and could get the details on what they were being tested on. The judges move every 30 sec to the next contestant so there is no bias judging.
The Camp Draft was exciting and fast. The rider had to separate out a young steer from a small herd then move it around posts in the oval at break neck speeds. If the animal went on the wrong side of the post it was over and no score was given. I think what impressed us the most was that fact that most of the competitors were 30yr – 50yr+. These people did this for a living.
We ended up staying for the night time events but to get a good seat (because we had none) we improvised by getting behind a gate, right on the front fence, in front of where the Rodeo was going to be. We laid down shopping bags on the ground and used our lambs wool seat covers. It was very comfortable. In fact when Chris went back to the car for something one of our neighbouring spectators asked to join me to test out our seating.
After the fireworks came the Rodeo bull riding. I had never been to one live. It’s quite violent when you see the bulls throw off their riders. One even pawed the ground at the crowd after he had quickly dislodged his rider. I’m sorry for the quality of the shots as they were only taken with my phone (again if I had known about the car the camera would have come along).