Show Time

There’s something about the local show that makes you feel a little like you’ve walked back in time. It reminds me of when I was a kid and went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, back when it was at Moore Park, it was a bit dingy, a bit old fashioned, smelly, loud and so much fun. Our showground in town is old, I don’t think it’s moved in the 96 years we’ve had the show, the pavilions are the same, some with a coat of paint and some repair work, but still original buildings. The animal yards are probably not as old, but still are not modern by any standard, and the competition categories are still largely unchanged, including pieces of hand embroidery and hand sewn pieces of children’s clothing, fruit and veggie growing and my personal favourite for the kids ‘decorated fruit or vegetable’.

Muddy Girls with Muddy Pa’s Prize Winning Sheep

Checking out the Wool Pavilion

The Muddy Girls had been talking about going to the show for days, we’d put our entries in and they were so very excited to see what had transpired. I am so very pleased to say we had some winners! I had limited the girls to 3 entries, they each got to put in 6 brown hen eggs, 6 iced and decorated arrowroot biscuits and one drawing. Lucky for me the prize winning was spread around.

My Muddy Organiser won a Second Place for her 6 Iced and Decorated Arrowroot Biscuits.

My Muddy Pixie won a Highly Commended for her 6 Iced and Decorated Arrowroot Biscuits.

My Muddy Puzzler kept up the Prize Winning Eggs, gaining a Second Place for her 6 Brown Hen Eggs, not bad given there were 18 other entries.

I limited them to two rides and one game and no showbags, my theory is if I let them start too much this young I’ve got nowhere to go as they get older. We shared one bag of fairy floss and their Muddy Grandma treated them to an ice cream. I did my bit by manning the Preschool Animal Farm for a stint and we finished off our outing with some hot chips, which Muddy Bubby was most excited about, even trying to steal as many as he could from his sisters. It was such a lovely afternoon, and the Muddy Girls were so excited to call Muddy Hubby to tell him all about their afternoon and their big wins!

5 thoughts on “Show Time

  1. Annaleis @ Teapots and Tractors

    Love going to the local show, love that the kids want to put something in to enter. So far we have done drawings mainly! When we get the chook pen finished then we will try eggs. though it sounds like you have great eggs at your house. What type of chooks do you have?

  2. Mama of 2 boys

    Haha! Way to go girls! Very proud of them Nat, their little faces look so happy with their wins.
    Sounds like a great day at the Show. I bet they slept well after that day out.
    I’m exactly the same with the showbags and rides… in fact, I tend to be like that over most things… the sooner they know about it, the less you have to play with as they get older.
    xoxo

  3. xoCATox

    YAY SHOW!!

    The Muddy Kids looks like they’re having so much fun! Too adorable. I bet they loved having the day out with you!

    And a big WELL DONE to the little Muddy Winners! :)

  4. Ugh!

    Yey, I love a good ole Country Show, they have the best atmosphere & everyone gets to be a kid (except of course, when you are looking for a kid…that’s my only downside…& it seems to occur rather regularly with us!). Well done to the Muddy Winners, they look very proud of themselves – were any of them still awake ten minutes into the drive home?
    & well done to you implementing the austerity measures with the show bags & rides – we have to stick together on this one, there’s nothing worse than the mother who cocks the whole day up by walking past you with five showbags, three large stuffed cartoon characters, a large box of popcorn, three hotdogs & a bucket of chips…I can just see the thought bubble going up in my kids heads, which looks a little something like this…”my mum’s a terry tight arse”, cue the nagging & inevitable tears!! Jen

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