Saturday, October 15, 2011

SHOWTIME

 Last Monday was one of Norfolk's best annual events - our Agricultural and Horticultural Society's Show!
The island has been somewhat dispirited of late for political and financial reasons.
But as you will see, everyone came out sparkling on Show Day, to demonstrate what a clever and creative community we are, and what a strong spirit of participation we enjoy.
I will mostly just show you some of the pics - I wish I could include more!!
 The Equestrian and Equitation (look it up) events had actually been taking place all weekend, but on the actual day we showcase the kids. Both horses and kids were beautifully groomed for the occasion. Our visiting judge, who has many years of experience all over Australia, reckoned our kids were tops in both skill and attitude!
 This is the only livestock that came to the Show (apart from the horses and chooks) - most are judged on the properties. Not only did this blackfaced lamb prove a great attraction for the kids, but his cage was great for climbing!
 The old Lions Club merry-go-round got its annual airing...
 And our much valued community volunteers were all present....Fire, Volunteer Rescue and St John's Ambulance. Well done guys!!

 There were plenty of attractions for the kids and kids at heart - showbags, Fairy Floss
 And the big inflatable Slippery Slide...
 The chooks are always popular.

 Here is one of the handsome cockerels, for which our island is well known...
And some very pretty pairs of hens...

 We had some entertainment on the verandah just before the Official Opening. That is our local G.P. on the bagpipes!
 The displays in the hall were just wonderful. I usually judge the Needlework, but took a break this year. Barb, who replaced me, had an unenviably difficult job, Who said that knitting was a lost art?
 Lovely tapestries and cross stitch.....
 And a number of very lovely quilts. You want to give them all prizes!
 It has not been a good season for fruits, but you would not know it from these displays! They are all locally grown.


Lovely collections of flowers


 Our island pies never disappoint. Norfolk cooks take great pride in these.
 Beautiful plum puddings...
 A group of nurses from the hospital combined to produce some great entries, including these stunning  cakes.

 There were plenty of great handcrafts, including this cow, who is a mascot for "QuiltNorfolk."
 Look at this stunning fruit and vegetable sculpture!
 These are some of the children's entries in the sandposy section.
 I always love these clever floral displays.
What a wonderful display of local produce!
This won the prize for the biggest yam.

 The photography did not disappoint. Norfolk not only has some great photographers, but also has some very photogenic people living here...
 Our beautiful island hibiscus make great photographic subjects.
 As does our stunning scenery.
 The Dog Obedience Session is always very popular...


 A couple of days after the Show, the Committee and Friends always gather together for a special Show Dinner. There are the inevitable post-mortems, but they are always totally positive. We all agree that it is very satisfying and rewarding to be able to showcase our beautiful island and the skills of our people!

1 comment:

bunks said...

Thanks for all the wonderful photos Mary. Now that I live in the city I miss seeing the country fair exhibits that I used to go to when we lived in a farming community.

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