It was a brilliant day at the Royal Melbourne Show. Join me as I walk you through some of the highs and lows as Ben and I saw it. From the funny and cute farm animals and my backyard display, to the excessive consumerism and advertising. It had it all. Some parts made me cringe, others made my heart sing with joy!
What I loved the most was the My Backyard display. It was as if my very own backyard was transported to the show grounds! Chooks, worm farms, veggie patches, fruit trees, the works. A little bit of sustainable living in the city.
Certainly a day to remember. Have a listen. I think you will enjoy the show.
I remember going to the Show back in the 70’s! I think there’s a mindset of show bags are just the “thing to have” regardless of the cost or quality (and nowadays there’s certainly less value for what’s inside). On a more cynical note, some of these purchasers are the first ones to scream poor about the cost of living too.
Smaller country shows are great, they have a greater emphasis on crafts, cooking and livestock and less on commercial crap.
Gavin Webber says
I agree Melini. I think the country shows have a bigger focus on actually showing stuff. I remember when I was a kid that my dad would even enter his bales of hay. He won first prize one year for his lucerne!
Lynda D says
Last year was my first visit to the Melbourne Show and i loved the backyard section as well. It was very popular and the display was small enough for viewers to imagine it in their own garden. There were quite a few vertical garden displays in one of the pavilions which were popular. As i sit here at my desk browsing the Weekly Times i think that statement that “there is a little farmer in all of us” might just be true. Though i did enjoy myself last year i dont think ill make it an annual event.
Gavin Webber says
Must be a regular feature Lynda. I thought it was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise consumption driven event. x