THE TICKET BOOTH AT THE BACK GATE
Last year’s Show was flooded out and I , myself, have walked many a gumbooted show. This one was blue-skied and dry. The grounds were Autumnal and all was well. The entry fees were sensationally reasonable. $6 for me on a pension. The Bello Show was more exciting for me this year than the big Easter Shows of my Sydney Past. Quite the right size for a new baby, so it was – and on grounds I have walked with my own children.
The Reptile Man was there with his snakes. I only caught a little but I did hear him advise that noone take a black snake lightly. It had the echoes of La Perouse Days, on this Show of Whispering Memories. Deep sighs of apprehension and amazement as he handled the snakes and a biblical faith in what he was saying.
The commonly held view that things look smaller when one goes back as an adult didn’t apply for me yesterday. The Rides looked Bigger, the Crowds were cheerier and the Food more wonderful than I recall. I think getting over the Hump of turning 60 has restored me to childlike wonder.
The Pavilions were filled with amazing displays. Amazed me anyways. Jakfruit of enormous size and a pumpkin as big as ……………
All the ingredients of Australian Country Life in one small town. I feel a good deal reassured that all is fundamentally well after the Day at the Show. 3 generations of us went together. My daughter and granddaughter are following family steps which I have been able to trace to 1915 – likely it goes back even further.
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