13. April 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Reviews · Tags:

Over about 10 days around the Easter weekend is the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the Olympic Park. This is basically like an agricultural / country show with lots of animals, competitions for said animals (and other things like cake decorating, wood chopping) a fun fair and a big old fashioned show with fireworks.

Tickets were $35 each, which included return public transport.  I thought this was a bit steep originally, but we had an excellent time at the show, and decided it really was excellent value for money. We arrived about 1pm and stayed till 9pm! Here are some of the highlights (or at least things worth a mention!)

Chips on a Stick: These were a much better foodstuff. Basically you get a potato, chop it around in a swirl, stretch it out, put it on a stick, deep fry it and then cover it in seasoning. Again, worth a try, and I’d probably eat it again for the novelty value.

Chips - On a Stick!

Chips – On a Stick!

Dagwood Dog: This is a a saveloy sausage, covered in really doughy batter, deep fried, on a stick and dipped it ketchup type sauce. It is a fair classic apparently. I didn’t mind giving it a try, but I’m glad I didn’t have to eat a whole one and am not likely to have it again!

Koala, wallabee and bilby: Bilby’s are an animal I’d not heard of before, but they seem to be all over the place at Easter. Its somewhere between a mouse and a rabbit. The show had a ‘Save the Bilby’ tent, which also had a koala and walabee in – awwww.

Koala - check out the two thumbs

Koala – check out the two thumbs

Showbags: Showbags take merchandise to a whole new level. Again, something I’d not really come across before, they had a whole massive room dedicated to about 60-70 different types of showbag. There is one for everyone apparently. They ranged from sweets of all kinds, magazines, Muppets, Disney, boy toys. The idea is to take money from kids (well, their parents  in exchange for a brightly coloured bag full of more brightly coloured plastic and sugar. Also it seems one showbag is not enough – some kids had 4 or 5 of them! We gave in and got the $2 Bertie Beattle showbag which had (apparently classic, but really not very tasty) Bertie Beattle chocolate and sweets inside. I really wanted the Kermit one!

Bertie Beetle chocolate

Bertie Beetle chocolate

Wood chopping: The wood chopping contests were excellent! We watched quite a lot of these. There is a horizontal chop, where the guys stand on a big horizontal log and chop it between their legs! One side is anchored to the stand with bolts, so they don’t fall off. Even more fun was the tree felling wood shopping. This was crazy! Basically the ‘tree’ is marked into about 5 vertical sections. The men have giant sharp axes, and two planks. First, they chop a notch in the first section, then they wedge in the plank, jump onto it and stand on it to chop the next section. They then stick the second plank in, jump up onto that and carry on. The first one to get to the top and then chop the top off the tree, whilst standing on the plank, wins. It was seriously impressive stuff!

Woodchopping

Woodchopping

Woolworths Fresh Food Tent: No fair is complete without food! There were some pretty awesome produce displays, where farmers had made giant countryside scenes out of fruit and vegetables. One even had a goanna (lizard) made of seeds. We went to the tent about 4pm, which was a mistake. There were a LOT of free food samples, which could have been our lunch! Samples included: chilli sauce (Matt got a free lanyard for having the hottest one); smoked salmon; fruit bread; speciality bread; pesto; yoghurt; wraps; crumpets with nutella; fudge; bill tong; wine; crackers; nuts; muesli and even wine!

Camp Draft: It turns out camp draft is nothing to do with poorly insulated tents. Its people on horses chasing cows around posts. Pretty entertaining viewing once you know where they are meant to be going!

Camp Draft

Camp Draft

Rodeo: I’ve not seen a proper rodeo before – this one had a series of different activities, most of which can be described a mental! It started with one-handed bare back horse riding (bucking broncho style). You score points by staying on and not putting a second hand down for 8 seconds and then get more points from there. If that wasn’t silly enough, next up the cows with giant horns got involved  Two teams of two men on horses chase the a cow each. One man in each pair then jumps off the horse, and the first one to literally wrestle the cow to the ground wins. The finale was bare back bull riding – seriously mental. Luckily there were no major injuries.

Rodeo riding (next shot is the man on the grass!)

Rodeo riding (next shot is the man on the grass!)

Verdict: Overall, at least 8.5 out of 10. Sadly we missed the pig diving (yes!!) as it wasn’t on much, the evening show had a very weak plot and there was no competition for humongous vegetables! Definitely well worth a trip for all the other bits though.

Pig Diving Cake!

Pig Diving Cake!

 

2 Comments

  1. Sounds epic! And chip on a stick? I am won!

  2. They weren’t really what I expected, but they were gooooood! 🙂

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