St Ives show will be held on the weekend of May 19 & 20, 2018. This event is presented by the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society showcasing the best in arts, crafts, horses, horticulture, beekeeping, photography, baking with lots of family fun for everyone.
Each year this event has had cracking weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine.
This year, they will have the Horse Experience Show straight from The Royal Easter Show with Glen Denholm, whip cracker extraordinaire, to open the 2017 St Ives Show on Saturday.
I can say that this event oozes family fun, having attended many times in the past. There will be Remy's Music Machine to keep the adults and kids dancing along, and kelpies herding sheep demonstrations.
There are plenty of amusement rides for the kids ($20 for 5 rides based on token ticket system). The problem will be to decide which ride to try first, of course. My kids have previously scrambled to get on the ferris wheel, jumping castles, boats on water, train ride, teacups, and pony rides, and these are just a few of the rides on offer.
Not to forget the fireworks display at 730pm on Saturday evening.
Visitors can expect performances on the main stage ranging from singing, dance numbers and bands. It's the perfect way to appreciate the show and for old folk like myself to sit down and relax for a moment or two.
Food options range from the Turkish gozleme and Korean bulgogi rolls to Cuban stewed chorizo paella (spicy goodness), slow cooked pulled pork burgers and piroshky fried buns filled with a variety of fillings. For the kids and adults alike there will be dessert stands of handmade baklava, snow cones, fairy floss and sugar rush liquorice.
At previous shows, the kids were mesmerised by the live reptile show with Neville Burns, who had brown snakes and tiger snakes slithering around. You'll notice a crowd around his stage hanging onto his every word, listening to his stories of being bitten by snakes and being educated on how to best treat a snake bite. It's informative and mesmerising, ticking all the boxes for me and the kids.
If you feel like a seachange, get a feel for the farm life watching the working kelpies herd the sheep. There are also puppet performances and police operations where the kids can sit in the police cars and rescue helicopters and let their imaginations run wild.
The animal nursery is set up with so much to see, whether it is mice darting in and out of a loaf of bread, guinea pigs sleeping, baby chickens chirping, or cats roaming up a chimney-like structure. There is even an outdoor open enclosure with chickens, sheep, a turkey, pig, and calf, which I couldn't tear my kids away from.
My all time favourite event would be the woodchop event which will be held on Sunday. I'm constantly amazed at the precision and speed at which it all happens. Look out for the Underhand event, where the axemen stand on the log and cut between their legs and the Standing Block, which looks they are felling a tree.
Learn all about beekeeping and have a taste of the local honey. It was interesting to discover that, dependent on the seasons, and flowers in bloom and areas, the taste of honey varies from subtle to bold flavours. I always manage to buy a stash to keep me going to next year's show (so if you are reading this, don't forget to leave a few jars for me).
There is also an assortment of stalls varying from women's clothing, gloves and hats, animal hats, toys, French lotions, fair trade wallets and purses, belts and other knick knacks; perfect to peruse for that upcoming birthday or belated Mother's Day gift.
There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Previous years included painting an umbrella ($10) which allows for your child to paint their umbrella in a mirage of colours and you can pick up your decorated umbrella after it has dried and you have finished your day at the show. Or perhaps peruse the nursery for that vegetable patch at home.