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Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Local Show

A case of poor timing resulted in our local Show being held this middle weekend of school holidays, meaning much of Week 1 has been devoted to showtime preparation, such being the case in small communities and certainly more families than ours affected in much the same way.


Two days of working bees, a town day and some carrot cake cooking and pulled pork preparation included.  We did manage a little home-time with around eight hundred bales of hay put in the shed ... all part of the "Boarding School Appreciation Program", (or BSAP as we parental humourists like to call it).

Show Day dawned a hot and sultry one, with Tropical Cyclone Ita far to our north having all of the Show committee looking skyward in the days leading up to and on the day of the Show itself.  Fortuitously the rain stayed away for the day, a grand time was had by all and the much welcomed rain arrived Sunday.


The child labour force was yet again employed and kept busy with stewarding duties for at least half the day, by which time show money was burning holes in jeans' pockets.


Jessie's lovely friend Mackenzie came to visit and became a cowgirl for the day.


Sal offsided in the cattle ring, and we would have been lost without her.  Sarah stewarded in the horse ring, as did Jess and Mackenzie until the lure of sideshow alley proved too great.  Wallace enjoyed all the thrills of the show, no stewarding on his agenda, though capguns high priority.



In celebration of the 30th Show the above cake was cut and an Honour Board of past Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers unveiled.


Some wonderful gems of the community honoured in the process, her sister the creator of the beautiful cake pictured above.




Cattle were paraded, horses ridden, dogs jumped, lollies dropped from great heights, greasy pigs chased, hot chips devoured, beers enjoyed, fashions admired, fireworks marvelled at, children exhausted ... all ingredients of a wonderful event.


We are fortunate to live in this small community.  And events such as this are what make it what it is.

8 comments:

  1. What a great event! We don't have anything like this in the big city of Glasgow. Well, maybe that's not quite true but certainly the community spirit is not the same. I went to a show like yours when I visited Australia and I had a ball. Enjoy the rest of your holidays. x

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  2. Sorry to have missed the show this year ... so pleased to hear the weather held off. The rain arrived here half a day early so we chickened out!

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  3. You are very fortunate, your community sounds wonderful and there really wouldn't be that many places that still have the traditional show like this would there? The Kids look gorgeous in their Shirts. Is that Jess in the last photo? Wow! Enjoy the rest of the holidays :-) Mel x

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  4. I love small local shows, they bring the community together and are so much fun. It is great to be part of it all. I am glad the rain held off. Even after Ita it has gone back to humid here, yuck.

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  5. 1. I see the beard has been cultivated. Remind me to send down that special hair dye ;-)
    2. fashion? fashion you say? where are the photos of the Noakes females strutting their stuff?!!!
    3. I very much like the organised three year rotation of executive however note the poor old treasurer seemed to be stuck with the job until recently.
    4. love the idea of a one day only show. Cram all of the good stuff in and get it over and done with.

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  6. Great pictures I also live in a small community it is a wonderful thing thanks for sharing! -Heather

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  7. Shows like that are hard work to put on but wonderful for bringing a community together. I am always glad to live in Saltaire, where there is no shortage of community spirit (no cattle but plenty of spirit!). I like the second photo, your daughter is growing up fast.

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  8. This sounds like it was a wonderful event and that cake is perfect. The kiddos all look like they are growing up too fast!

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