I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Leave the city behind this weekend
Whether we're city-slickers or country bumpkins, for most Australians, old and young, Show Time means fun time. Its carnival atmosphere, glitzy glamour and plethora of things to see and do almost inevitably unleashes our inner child, and we become illogically eager to spend exorbitant amounts of money on crazy rides, overpriced show-bags and silly trinkets. However, agricultural shows haven't always been extravagant playgrounds for over-sized kids. Dating back to the earliest days of colonial settlement in Australia, they were originally modelled after the country fairs of old England, where farmers would display their prized livestock and produce, and fraternise with others of the same profession. Even now, beyond Australia's big cities, they serve this purpose and a visit to a country show is a special experience, quite different from a Big City event.
This image is from the Longreach Agricultural Show website.
In Queensland, the first agricultural show was held in Clermont in 1868, with the Beenleigh Show held just one year later. As settlers moved further afield, other shows were established throughout the state, and these days, the tradition is still going strong with dozens of shows held annually, from the state's south, to out on the western plains and the tropical far north. In contrast to their larger city kin, country shows have a magic and sweetness that evokes images of a days gone by, when life was simpler and lives of many Australians were dependent upon the land. A celebration of country life and community values, they're also heaps of fun with lots of cool rides and sideshow entertainment that will keep the whole family entertained.
Following, is a list of the shows that will be held throughout Queensland over 2013. For a fun, affordable outing that the whole family will enjoy, you really can't beat a visit to a country show. To find out more, go to the Queensland Shows website.