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Take a Sickie if You Must, But Just Go
You'd think that after many years (I'm not saying how many) of
visiting the Royal Melbourne Show, I might have grown out of it by now - but I well and truly haven't. I look forward to it every year, shut down the office for a day, and go and have some fun and just play. (Weekdays are less crowded than weekends.)
Melbourne's most-loved show is on between September 22nd and October 2nd at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale. (Public transport's a breeze.)
I'll probably start my day (surprise, surprise) browsing the various food experiences in the huge white marquee that stands out like a shining mirage in the desert - but the sheer beauty of it is that it's real. This allows for plenty of time to get the lowdown on the best offerings, tasting all the way, and re-visit it once, or maybe even twice, before the day's out.
They'll be spitting chips, or maybe spitting woodchips, or maybe splitting logs - whatever - at the Woodchopping, one of the most exhilarating competitions at 'the show'.
Entertainment galore in the Main Arena and various stages will have me hopping from the Freestyle Moto X daredevils and Jet Pack Man, the world record holder for the longest jet pack flight, to live music performances spanning all genres.
Yes, I'll be rubbing shoulders with the littlies for a good spot to see Elmo and Friends, and one my favourites who I've enjoyed at many fun events, the one and only Aunty Rozzy.
She'll be entertaining the kids (and big kids) on the Backyard Stage (at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm daily) with high energy songs and colourful characters - all the while promoting good food and healthy eating.
What was that I was saying about the food pavilion? I will be making healthy choices, of course - though a scone, or two, freshly baked by the lovely ladies from the Country Women's Association is a must.
So too is a slice of 'bubble cheese', or a $2 cheese toastie, a Royal Show ritual that started way back when I still had baby teeth. Those memories of family days at the show are some of the best I can remember.
Then you have all the rides and showbags. Wow, so much on offer. Have I missed anything? Of course I have. You simply can't cover all the happenings at the Royal Melbourne Show here. The best place to catch it all is there.
Get there early, stay late and plan your day for having the most fun humanly possible in one day. Take advantage of dollar-saving options here - and start getting the kids to do jobs around the house for extra pocket money now.