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Published June 6th 2013
Leave The City Behind And Head For The Hills
Agricultural shows are the ultimate city-meets-country experience. While a visit to a country show offers a rare chance for city slickers to catch a glimpse of rural life, large events in the state capitals are a time when country folk can take a break from the daily grind and experience the bright lights and glitzy attractions of the Big Smoke. Regardless of who we are, where we live and how old we are, Show Time is a magical experience which is an integral part of most Australian childhoods.
Unlike many family day-trips, a visit to a country show offers something for everyone, from the youngest child to the most elderly matriarch. Little city kids are astounded by the farm animals, teenagers are invariably eager to spend their last dollars on wild carnival rides and novel show-bags, and nostalgia buffs can relish the ambience of the days when Australia 'rode on the sheep's back', dependent on a thriving agricultural industry.
As Australia's second-smallest state, Victoria has relatively short distances between the city and countryside: a fact which makes a day-trip or weekend escape to a rural show extremely practical. Similarly, since it's the country's most densely-populated and urbanised state, a day or weekend at a country show offers some welcome respite from the crowds and noise of city life.
This image is from the Warrnambool Show website.
Following, is a list of the country shows which will be held throughout Victoria during the latter part of 2013. Gather the family, load the car and escape the city this weekend to experience one of these cool community events.