I must admit that it has been a while since I’ve been to the Royal Adelaide Show; the last time I went was probably during my late teens.
Back then it was all about rides that spun you upside down and an all day sugar rush. When I was in my twenties, as September rolled around I would often think that it might be fun to check out the Show again but I never seemed to get around to it.
Then this year I came back, but experienced it from a very different perspective: as a parent.
Going year after year this event can lose some of its shine. It is something else altogether to experience it through new eyes.
I was quite unprepared for the joy of watching my four year old unleashed on her first ride, spinning her around and high in the air; or seeing the satisfaction of my six year old winning a prize on a side-show.
And it was just as much fun strolling with the kids through the barnyard animal exhibitions, bringing to mind the Show’s roots.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there is a little more sophistication to the food on offer than I had anticipated, discovering the Kingsway Gourmet Food Court.
Here we met up with friends and feasted on curries, yum cha and meatballs. With music playing in the background, this is an oasis of calm worlds away from the bustle of sideshow alley.
At the end of the day we left with the kids falling asleep in our arms, exhausted from all the excitement. It was a great family day. I’m sure it won’t nearly as long until I am back there again!
Story by Matthew Trainor
Feature image from http://www.theshow.com.au
Photos supplied by Libby Parker