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With all the Bells and Whistles of a Great Show
Country folk take their shows seriously and why shouldn't they? They know it's not all about the rides and show bags. A great Agricultural show includes stock, edible fare, art and crafts, vehicles and machinery. The Whittlesea show must be one of the biggest and longest running country shows with the lot. In 2014 the Whittlesea Agricultural Society celebrates its 155th year.
The show - a colourful event
In my opinion the Whittlesea Show negates the need to travel into the Royal Melbourne Show for many reasons. In terms of displays, attractions, and value, this country show is highly competitive. You can't beat $5 per child.
The Whittlesea Show is very relaxed with plenty of room to wander around without worrying about losing the little ones. The Show is held in the paddocks so there's space for the kiddies to run but it's not that big that you can't find your way around without a map.
There's something at the Whittlesea show for everyone. For those into horses there are many competitions and events. See the program for details.
I always head for the cakes and art and crafts displays. Not to be too predictable I am always on the alert for a hearty woodchopper.
Flippin' good fun
The kids love the rides especially the giant slide and the roller coaster. I refuse to believe I am too grown up for the rides so I am still paying off the chiropractor after last year's ride on the Dodgem cars. The teacups are always mild enough not to cause a worry but energetic enough for my young scaredy cat to think she is adventurous. We admired the abseiling but didn't wait in the queues.
Called "Dodge 'em' for a reason
Rides can be expensive so I usually try to get the kids to have a look at them all first and pick a few they like the best. It's often hard to resist stopping along the way. It's cheaper overall if you get bulk tickets instead of one-offs and unfortunately the kids have clued onto this.
The faster the better .. according to some
The baby animal farm always takes up a fair bit of time. One of my son's loves the tractors and vintage cars. I don't know if the appeal has worn off a bit now that he is nearly 10. The kids never seem to tire of the inflatable jumping castle and the giant slides.
Ideal for vehicle lovers
Of course the show bags are always a draw card for them. Leave plenty of time for the selection. Every year it surprises me about how long this takes. It's the part of a show that I dread because there is always inevitable debating about what to buy. This decision rivals the time taken for a parent to decide on the ideal secondary school for their child. On my side the bantering usually starts with the words 'I don't think it's appropriate because….'. Guns are banned and super sugar hits least preferred but heck it's only once a year… right? I swear my leniency over the years has nothing to do with my increased lethargy and reduced confidence in my ability to sustain an argument.
My kids usually begin their fairly strong persuasion with 'if they sold books…I'd buy that show bag.' As if. Okay, so there are very few healthy mum approved show bags. I am resolved this year to go with it and hope the sugar hit doesn't kick in on the car trip on the way home. Resist the fairy floss will be my mantra on the day.
Show bags are a necessary evil of the show
Part of the fun is the tasting samples. Pesto almond and sweet macadamias here I come. If you don't want to settle for a bucket of chips for lunch look around for the healthier and more interesting alternatives. Fruit filled crepes and Turkish spinach and feta delights are likely to be on the menu.
Hot chips - ever popular with kids
The show is bound to have the odd emergency service demonstration and lolly samples. The local pollys usually turn up for the show and local businesses often have prizes to win.
The other thing I love about the Whittlesea show is that you are always sure to run into people you haven't seen for donkey's years so a good chin wagging and a bit of reminiscing is bound to be on the agenda.
Lots to look at
Stay around for the fireworks show. They are always a popular hit. Ample free parking is available on Show days but this is in a paddock so if it's been raining, wear sensible shoes.
The Whittlesea show depends on volunteers. Click here if you are interested in finding out more.