It all started with an idea on Tuesday. This persisted on Wednesday and then on Thursday I decided that this is what I was going to do. Planning! Go to the website is usually a good beginning, so that is where I found out what was on. Careful reading of what was what, and then planning on the map how far I would need to walk and where the different amenities were, made it very feasible. Then the most important thing, the cost of entry. Not bad, $24 conc. from 1 p.m.
With my map and all the information written on the back of the map, some food and water in my back pack and money in my purse, I caught the bus to the station and changed in the city to get the train to the Showgrounds. It all went very smoothly as I followed my plan.
First the Art & Craft pavilion. I did want to see some of those things, and it was interesting discussing it with other viewers. AMAZING! That word is not strong enough, some you wonder how many hours people spent on their entries. My top picks, the Photography and the Knitting and Crocheting entries. I did have some questions of the ladies sitting there teaching the different crafts and so a good time was had going through all that.
Time to rest and have a drink. Plenty of places to sit and relax. Then move on to see the Clydesdales being judged (not on my program but I ran across it), and the show jumping of the horses. Very enjoyable and also restful sitting for a while on that glorious sunny day. A few more places to go. Sheepshearing, sorry it is just finished, the Dogs Obedience trials, sorry we have finished for today, no more till tomorrow. Oh well, can't win them all. There was an interesting display of permaculture and some young animals with a keeper talking about the animals and their care and needs. Meant for children, but still very interesting. Then a walk through the fresh food hall to get back to the area where the station was and the train was waiting (crowded), but I did get a seat.
Returned home while it was still light, but only just. A great day out without spending a single coin at the show but seeing lots of interesting things. Highly Recommended.