The Royal Adelaide Show has now come to a close and reflecting on the show-that-was is quite bitter sweet.
Matthew Trainor wrote in his piece early last week, that he saw the Show through different eyes this year: the eyes of a parent.
But during the week, tragedy struck in an incident, which had parents worrying and reconsidering whether to take their children on rides.
An eight-year-old girl died after being thrown from a ride last Friday. The heartbreaking incident rocked the Adelaide community, which banded together in sympathy and support, creating a makeshift memorial for the girl and taking to social media to offer condolences.
The death of the girl cast a shadow over the annual event but South Aussies still came along to enjoy the attractions the Show has to offer.
Daman and Briannah from Elizabeth North visited the show for the first time as a couple this year and watched the fireworks from the Ferris Wheel.
Daman said he has worked at the Show a couple of times and was enjoying being there as a punter.
“We’ve really enjoyed the taste testing,” he said. “We tried some olive oils and heaps of really good stuff.”
Katy from Plympton goes every couple of years and loves visiting the BankSa Farmyard Nursery and the motor exhibitions.
“I love the motocross and the pretty utes. I love all the animals and things like that. Even though I’m older, I still love to go and pet the farm animals! The stalls are really cool as well; all the little hand made bracelets,” she said.
Tegan from Osborne used to go to the Royal Show every year with her parents as a child. Now as a mother, she plans to take 2-year-old Jayden each year.
“The best thing to do at the Show would have to be going to visit the animals. Watching Jayden see all of the different farm animals and get excited when he recognises each of them is a real highlight for me,” she said.
With the range of exhibitions and attractions getting more exciting and diverse every year, the Show is getting better and better.
And as our thoughts are with the family of the young girl who lost her life last weekend, praise should go to the staff and organisers at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show, Safe Work SA and emergency services who responded quickly and appropriately to the incident.
We’ll see everyone back there again next year!
Story by Libby Parker
Photos supplied by show goers and Libby Parker