I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 18th 2019
Have fun, fun and more fun
There are numerous agricultural and horticultural shows throughout Victoria. Several are on the fringe of suburban Melbourne, such as the Lilydale Show, Dandenong Show and Whittlesea Show. Many large towns have their own local country shows.
They all have the same thing in common. Fun. Fun for everyone. Fun for kids, big and small, fun for thrill seekers and more sedate fun for adults.
Rides. The main attraction for children are the rides. A gentle cup and saucer seated ride is ideal for the young ones. The older children and teenagers seem to like a high flying, rotating, spinning, gut churning, gravity defying experience.
Animals. It's a country show, so there must be animals. Extremely popular with the little ones is the petting enclosure where ducks, rabbits, piglets, lambs, chooks and goats can be patted and hand fed.
Animal rides. A feature of most shows is a ride on an animal. Usually a small pony for the little ones, I've even seen donkey rides. At a recent Lilydale Show was camel rides, which proved very popular.