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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
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Experience The Fun Of A Genuine Country Show
With its gentle sunshine and mild temperatures, spring is the perfect time of year to bundle up the family and head off to explore the great outdoors. For this reason many of our best-loved festivals and community events are held at this time, taking advantage of the idyllic weather before the stifling heat of summer sets in. If you're looking for a good excuse to escape the stress of city life for a weekend, one of the most colourful annual events in New South Wales, the Picton Agricultural Show, will be taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October.

Image courtesy of the Picton Show website
Image courtesy of the Picton Show website

Situated in the heart of the Macarthur region, Picton is a picturesque and historic township which, despite its close proximity to Sydney, possesses a rich agricultural heritage. Just eighty kilometres south of the state capital, the town combines the best of city and country life, and a visit to its annual show is the perfect time to experience this eclectic mix.

Image courtesy of Celcom / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Celcom / Wikimedia Commons

Taking place at Victoria Park on Menangle Street, the Picton Show provides plenty to see and do for people of all ages. If you love traditional show-ring events such as show-jumping, horse and cattle events, sheep-shearing, wood-chopping and working sheepdog demonstrations, you definitely won't be disappointed. Under cover, in the Show's pavilion, visitors can also take a look at prize-winning samples of locally-grown produce, as well as honey, olives, fruit and nuts, not to mention home-made dairy products such as butter, yoghurt and cheese. There is even a special section for children, which includes pumpkin-carving.

Image courtesy of 4028mdk09 / Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of 4028mdk09 / Wikimedia Commons

City-slickers eager for a taste of genuine country life will also relish a stroll through the Show's mouth-watering displays of traditional country cookery. All the old-time Aussie favourites will be there, such as sponge cakes, slices, shortbread, Anzac biscuits, pumpkin scones and rock cakes, not to mention loads of fabulous home-made preserves and much, much more. Craft-lovers won't be disappointed , either, as there will also be plenty of beautiful arts and crafts to look at, including paintings, photography, needlework, woodwork, spinning, weaving, scrapbooking and felting just to name a few of the many categories that it encompasses. Enhancing the traditional country vibe, a quirky addition to the pavilion competitions and displays is a special section for the best scarecrow.

Other fun things to do over the two days that Picton Show will be held include the Farmers' Challenge, the Snake Tails reptile display, Feathered Friends Wildlife Display, ute show, drover's camp, the Picton Showgirl competition, children's running races and Circaholics Anonymous a flamboyant troupe of fire-based circus performers who incorporate elements of the martial arts, whip cracking, hoola-hooping and sword-fighting into their acts. In addition, there will also be all the usual fairground favourites such as Side-show Alley and innumerable rides, topped off by a fabulous fireworks spectacular on the Saturday evening at 8.00pm.

In conclusion, whether you're a single person, couple or young family, if you're looking for a good excuse to escape the city rat-race in October, put the Picton Agricultural Show at the top of your 'to do' list. With plenty to see and do for people of all ages, it's an affordable and fun way to spend a day or the entire weekend, just a one-hour drive from down-town Sydney.

Picton Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October 2015 at Victoria Park on Menangle Street in Picton. To find out more, go to the Picton Show website
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Why? Country shows are fascinating portals into a gentler, more down-to-earth era - with loads of fun for the whole family
When: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015
Where: Victoria Park, Menangle Street, Picton
Cost: Adults - $13.00; Children - $8.00; Pensioners - $8.00; Children under five - free; Family pass (2 adults and 3 school-aged children) - $40.00
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