A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Annual Country Show

For nearly 150 years the Grafton Agricultural Society have been putting on their annual Show. It is a typical Australian Country Show with all the elements including cake competitions, poultry displays, wood-chopping, beauty contests and of course the carnival folk (carnies or showies) with their rides and side show alleys.
This is a legendary 'game' from the side show that is a reworked version of the classic 'laughing clown game'. You buy 5 balls and place them in the 'mouth' of the figure and then the ball falls randomly into a slot with a designated number. At the end your total score corresponds to a 'shelf' that you choose a prize from. This activity is loved by small children and romantic couples.
Over the forthcoming week I will be showing more images from this institution that has changed very little from its 19th century roots.


  1. It seems to resemble our county fairs - and we have a huge Minnesota State Fair annually, too!

  2. The attendant appears to be bored!

  3. I love to go to the show ... looking forward to what you see at yours.

  4. Changed in that many of the 'characters' are disneyised ...


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