Once a year during the September school term holidays, Â Melbourne puts on The Show. Â The Royal Melbourne Show, known as… the Show, is an agricultural show that has been running since 1848.
Going to the Show as a kid was pretty exciting and for me it was mostly for the showbags. Â I always got the Sunny Boy showbag and the Bertie Beetle showbag for all the chocolate. Â Then you had the novelty showbags like the magic trick stuff, or goonie goggles or the joke gag showbag. Â We didn’t go every year, though there were often school excursion groups run specially during the school holidays.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the show. Â At a guess, I’d say maybe twenty eight years now. Â Nothing really appealed to me as I got older because I’m not in to all the carnival rides or crowds. Â We were lucky today because Husband and I chose the worst weather forecast day as we figured it wouldn’t be as busy. Â Good choice because when we arrived we were the only people at the ticket booths. Â It was incredibly windy and a few rides closed because of the winds, but everything calmed down nicely soon after.
I packed some snacks as I anticipated a lack of vegan food so I was happy to see this stall for Vegetarian Pops, which were actually vegan. Â These were made with zucchini, carrot and… something else and as a quick savoury snack they hit the spot:
We all enjoyed looking at the decorated cakes. Â I applaud the people who do this, I have no patience or talent for it whatsoever. Â But remember, I dip cake in my tea:
The minion cakes were popular:
I loooooved the crochet:
Arthur wanted to go on the Ghost Train. Â I went on this when I was his age and I remember it being pretty crap… today I paid $15 for the two of us to experience the same crap, slightly updated with strobe lights, but still the same shouty dudes jumping out at you with axes. Â I wish this had been The Rimmer Experience:
We sat in these giant mouth things:
…and enjoyed the supernatural view:
Arthur loves watching Adventure Time and from what I saw today, it’s popular with teens too. Â So many teens walking around with the AT backbacks and inflatable hammers and bats. Â I understand the appeal, I’ve watched a few episodes and it is pretty funny:
Arthur and DeeW just HAD to have a turn at the Angry Birds game. Â $10 for three shots… they didn’t score anything but the guy working there increased their score by one point and let Arthur choose a toy from the bottom row. Â There was nothing he wanted, so he let DeeW choose something for herself (the purple horse you can just see in the middle of the bottom row of cheaper toys. Â Horse is now known as Rosalina):
Husband and I agreed that although the kids enjoyed it, we won’t go back next year. Â We were pretty impressed with Arthur’s financial skills though. Â My sister gave the kids $20 each to spend at the Show. Â DeeW chose a My Little Pony showbag. Â I took Arthur to the showbags pavillion and he was checking out all the chocolate/junk food show bags. Â We worked out that it’s cheaper to buy the stuff elsewhere so he decided to keep his $20 and put it in the bank to earn interest. Â Ha!
Now we’re all back home, the kids have done some quiet winding-down activities and Husband and I just want to sleeeep!