Monday, April 11, 2011

Dalgety Show

Growing up in Sydney we always got excited for the Easter Show. As a city boy I was fascinated by the animals and spent hours wandering around the stalls checking out the big country beasts. Being a sugar and toy obsessed young kid I also got incredibly excited about the show bags.

More recently, as an adult (of sorts), I have continued to enjoy the show even if it did mean making the trek out to Homebush.

I no longer live in the big smoke so this year there will be no Easter Show. Instead I had the pleasure of attending the amazing Dalgety Show. The Dalgety Show as the name would suggest is held in Dalgety, around half an hour from Jindabyne on the banks of the once mighty Snowy River.

The town is normally pretty dead

We arrived nice and early to take full advantage of all that was on offer. What was on offer was essentially a mini Easter Show. There were dog trials, large and well graded beasts, horses, politicians, greenies, wood choppers and a pavilion full of moderately good art, craft and vegies.

We started at the dog trials. Amazing hypo dogs chasing shit scared sheep around a pen to the sound of a high pitched whistle. Incredible stuff.

Scared shitless

At some points the dogs actually jump on top of the sheep.

This city boy was impressed. Often I can’t even get my dog to come to me let alone do this stuff.

Next we headed towards the river and checked out the animals. There was one sheep being wool graded and around two dozen cattle hanging around. The highlight for me was the birds. Chickens and ducks, primped and pomped, looking out of their cages like royalty on a throne. The winning chicken was an amazing beast that’s great girth nearly filled up its cages entirety.

Following on from the chickens we had a quick look at the horses. It was then into the pavilion. There was quite a bit going on in the pavilion; cakes, fruit, photos, some random art crochet etc… The dahlias were pretty cool.

I sat out on the pavilion veranda for a bit and took in the show. It was quite the scene, remarkable considering how dead Dalgety is normally.

We wondered back to the river to watch the wood chopping. It was nice and hot and we took a seat in the sun and watched the fellas go at it. Its funny how even with the handi-cap the crap choppers are still crap.

Walking back through the show I checked out the vintage cars. They were pretty cool. The old utes blew me away. I bet we wont be looking at modern cars in 50+ years saying how awesome the are.

To finish we checked out the quilting room. Beautiful, amazing creations. It’s almost hard to believe that these things can be put together. They should be hanging in some gallery somewhere.

And that was it. I drove around for a bit looking for the Dalgety Brewery but as usual I couldn’t find it. Peace.

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