Today, there's still plenty of country action: wood chopping, a seemingly endless array of cows, bulls and chickens and plenty of Blundstones and Akubras milling around....
Then there was us: The Wrecker, The Accordion and myself, The Windbag, roaming amongst them with our pink hair and toxic green cardigan (me), funny Austrian style cap and orange ensemble (The Wrecker), and coconut husk hat and geek spectacles (The Accordion). Yep, those cowpokes got their money's worth when we walked by. "WTF was that!" ...you could see it in their eyes. There was definitely some social impacting going on.
But we weren't the only strange people getting about The Ekka. The first display we encountered on entering was a street art troupe. I couldn't work these guys out for the longest time; but the kids seemed to love them, laughing and giggling in the most over the top way. There was no explaining it...but then I remembered all the lollies and dagwood dogs they were munching on and it all began to make sense. I made a mental note for future exploitation that street art is improved with the right consumables.....
Much later, I realised that they were cursors pointing the way...no wonder the kids got it!
Being a country show we saw lots of cows. We even saw them being tickled on their bellies with long sticks while they waited to be paraded in front of the white robed judges. We debated at length as to the function of tickling cows, however, in the end we concluded it must be for soothing them through the anxieties of judging....we hope.
I did take a few photos of cows but I thought this one was the best, particularly as it managed to find itself in such a precarious position!
After seeing the cows and the horses and the pet food displays (hey! I didn't pay bucks to go to the supermarket) and some unfortunate dogs in acrylic capsules. We thought it was time to hit the buzz end. So we went in search of every City Slickers best friend, Expresso. After turning down the instant coffee in Styrofoam cup option we finally stumbled upon a homegrown Queensland barrista, Australian Estate Coffee, serving up their own beans - very nice. We agreed that it had the pleasant taste of Macadamia nut about it (well, after all, it is the Queensland nut!). After hunkering down on the edge of a brick planter facing a wall we downed our coffee and The Accordion's roasted chilly corn and it was off again to find cultural curios of blog worthy attention.
We trawled through the art and craft exhibits and then made our way to the international food area for lunch. The Wrecker and I had crumbed squid and The Accordion found himself some fried bread..yum. There wasn't many options besides fried and so we took up the spirit of the day and tucked into our respective repasts with relish while watching more cow flavour on parade.
Finally, we thought it was time to check out The Alley! - Sideshow Alley, that is. Here's were the camera got a good work out as The Accordion and I compared shots. This suited my budget perfectly, all the fun of the ride but none of the hip pocket pain. I walked away with their souls and nobody thought to ask for payment..hahhahahahhhhaaa.
Here are some of the highlights.
I want to end with Berty Beetle, Ekka icon, because Berty Beetle is the cheapest showbag at The Ekka, starting at just $2, he sums up my day - sometimes the most fun is when you make your own:D (Viva la Blog!)