Tonight I was taken to the Royal Easter Show, the time when 'the country comes to the city' ('cept we didn't go to see any of the animals - oops!)
After dinner of pluto pups (battered hot dogs on a kebab stick) and chips we headed off to check out the arts and crafts displays and enjoy the fun of the sideshow.
We started our exploration with the Fresh Food Pavillion, the highlight of which are the district exhibits where each 'region' of the state designs an artistic display showcasing their local produce.
Probably because it was only the first night and school holidays had only just started that evening, it was very quiet, so we were able to get right up close to the displays, something that is apparently normally almost impossible to do. Check out the detail with the seeds...
(We particularly liked the cows!)
Next we headed into the arts pavillion, where arts and crafts created by the public are judged and showcased.
After having our fill of crafts we headed out into the sideshow and to the Showbag Pavillion. Deciding against the majority of the showbags, we bought the traditional $2 Bertie Beetle bag (Bertie Beetles are beetle shaped chocolates with honeycomb chips through them)
Next stop, Sideshow Alley, where we enjoyed the sounds and the lights, but not the rides, my host being somewhat of a chicken!)
Eventually we made our way back to the Main Arena for the evening's entertainment - precision driving, motorcross and the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robosaurus] Robosaurus[/url, the car eating dinosaur (Excuse that I'm not in a lot of these photos - the camera had to be zoomed to get the shots)
Eventually it was time to head for home.
On the way out, my host pointed out the ANZ stadium, which is the stadium where the 2000 Olympic Games were held, and Acer Arena - also an Olympic Venue (where the basketball, gymnastics and other indoor events were held)