On: The Camden Show

byΒ Donnie Hayden

Β© 2014, all rights reserved

Guhday mates from Dahni,  Your Aussie Koala Camden Show guide

Guhday mates from Donnie, Your Aussie Koala Camden Show guide

Well the Camden Show. Where do I begin? The Show was held April 4th and 5th, 2014 in Camden, New South Wales, Australia. I probably took close to 300 pictures and with the exception of perhaps a small handful, I’m pretty happy with the rest of them. Choosing which ones to share and sizing them (down) has been quite time consuming. But I had the time.

Thus far during our stay here, it seems we have some activity on one day, followed by a day of rest. This has worked out very nicely for me. I’m not sure what factor or factors may be involved (my age, physical condition, the high humidity, intense sun or all of the above), but walking a lot and the activities have pretty much left me spent the following day. Adjusting to the time zone and/or jet lag may have made their contribution to my tiredness as well? But nothing hurts, I feel great and enjoy the walking just like we did much of it in Japan too. Days have been really pleasant. The temperature rose during our visit to the show, but was cooled off by the weather-predicted rain or actually, the downpour. It was nice, fun and funny. We were all able to duck into a large tent of interesting demonstrations and wait out the rain.

Well anyway, back to pictures. I have chosen 50, yes 50. That may seem like a lot and they are not because I believe they are such great shots that I want to share them with you, but because they reflect the wonderful Camden Show. It is very similar to any county fair you may have ever been to, but still different. So I will just start with pictures and some text and some captions and see how it goes. Perhaps it will end up with more posts about the show? Here we go.

Lady in a lovely 1960's style dress

Lady in a lovely 1960’s style dress as we walked in

Balloons and colors

Balloons and colors

Interesting

Interesting – Lady Funerals?

Beautiful display made from fruits, vegetables and seed

Beautiful display all made from fruits, vegetables and seeds

horse and riders nicely dressed and groomed

Horse and Riders nicely dressed and groomed

Whip cracking

Whip cracking

Susan's New Aussie Hat

Susan’s New Aussie Hat

Aussie Hats

Aussie Hats

Painted Pony

Painted Pony. Do you see the silhouette of the head of a horse on its side?

Aussie Coats - lanolin/bees wax coated

Aussie Coats – lanolin/bees wax coated

 

 

 

 

Well yes, camels. We missed the camel race, pooh. :(

Well yes, camels! We missed the camel race, pooh. 😦

 

Authentic Aussie Wear Wearers :)

Authentic Aussie Wear Wearers πŸ™‚

Brahma Bull Yeh hah mates!

Brahma Bull Yee hah mates I mean partners! πŸ™‚

Some baaad Sheepies :)

Some baaaaad Sheepies πŸ™‚

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Sheep Shearers Shearing Sheep πŸ™‚

Close Shave Sheep Shearer!

Close Shave Sheep Shearer!

Beary Cute

Beary Cute

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Aussie Snake Woman

Buy what you want and put it in a show bag

Buy what you want and put it in a show bag

 

Show bag shops were everywhere. Very decorative and artistic billboards. You find the stuff you want for a certain price and then put it all in a show bag. There were many of these vendor/shop/kiosks. Very popular with the youts (youths). πŸ™‚

Henna Tattoos anyone?

Henna Tattoos anyone?

There the sheep again heading for shearing

There go the sheep again, heading for their sheep shearing

Sand Sculpture First Prize. WOW did the artist have intuition or what?

Sand Sculpture First Prize. WOW, did the artists know they would win?

Cattleman Cattle Cart Hauling

Cattleman Cattle Cart Hauling

20 Cattle Cart Team :)

20 Cattle Cart Team πŸ™‚

Kite Flying And there were several balloons lost to the clouds.

Kite flying and there were several balloons lost to the clouds.

Large Christian Commune eatery.

Large Christian Commune eatery.

 

The Common Ground is a totally self-supported and self-sufficient Christian Commune. The support themselves by places like these eateries. We ate in one in Picton Australia where I recorded the Bell Birds. see: Bell Birds here

They make their own clothing and grow their own organic food, some of which they use in their restaurants. Their food is excellent! I believe they have a sister cafe in Ithaca, NY in the United States.

Common Ground

Common Ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bundab Distillery Display

Bundaberg Distillery Display

This was an interesting and miniature museum. It was filled with history of the company which is a major producer of rum in Australia. Various shapes of bottles were on display as well as the process involved in how rum is made from raw cane sugar. We even got to taste samples of the molasses. The next picture is of a bottle of rum made to look like one of those pirate movie pistols.

Rum Pistol

Rum Pistol

Petting Zoo for the kids. OK, kids younger than me. :)

Petting Zoo for the kids. OK, kids younger than me. πŸ™‚

 

Soft & Fluffy Feely Touchy Thingies

Soft & Fluffy Feely Touchy Thingies

 

Touchy Feely For Kids of Every Age

Touchy Feely For Kids of Every Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Carriage and a Wheel Maker

Old Carriage and a Wheel Maker

 

Blacksmith making horseshoes

Blacksmith making horseshoes

 

All kinds of...

All kinds of…

 

...Rides!

…Rides!

 

Beautiful Horses and...

Beautiful Horses and…

...Clydesdale Horses too!

…Clydesdale Horses too!

 

Airplane displays and rides.

Airplane displays and rides.

Cotton & Wool Displays

Cotton & Wool Displays

 

 

A Real Cotton Ball

A Real Cotton Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edible Art for Kids

Edible Art for Kids

More Edible Art

More Edible Art

A Bloomin' Onion

A Bloomin’ Onion

A Beautiful Swan Fit For Feasting

A Beautiful Swan Fit For Feasting

There was something for everyone at the Camden Show! So many different kinds of food, animals, shows, rides, demonstrations and people of all ages having fun. It rained both days and was not perhaps the greatest for the vendors pocketbooks, but it was a wonderful experience. They even put down straw and other materials so people did not have to walk through the mud. That’s was real nice and something I have never seen in the United States at any of the fairs I have ever been to. And the children were all so engaged, curious and their excitement was well contained, controlled and managed. People were all, for the most part, nice, friendly and well behaved. No alcohol was allowed except for the two wineries that gave samples. All in all it was a wonderful time. I was like a young child again. I would have loved every minute of both days, rain and all, but glad for the time I had. It was all eye candy for me. My camera was not unhappy either. πŸ™‚

After we left the tent where we ducked under after the downpour of rain had stopped, we had to take the ardent and difficult task of getting home. WE HAD TO WALK LESS THAN SIX MINUTES TO GET HOME!!! πŸ™‚ Around 9:00 PM, we watched the fireworks from the middle of our street. That was perhaps the closest and best view of fireworks I have ever had. And it was produced by a world class and world renown top pyrotechnical company, F0ti International, based in Australia.

http://fotifireworks.com.au

Then two of us walked back to the carnival at night and watched the wild Brunby run. The Running of the Brunby are wild ponies in Australia, similar to the Mustangs of the southwest in the United States. So I will conclude this post with a small Youtube video I made and uploaded.

Final Night of the 2014 Camden Show

http://www.camdenshow.com

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