Back in my University days I did a subject that was totally dedicated to Hollywood musicals and I had to write a very long and extensive paper on the film State Fair. I watched this movie over and over again (both versions) and loved everything about it. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score was beautiful and I just loved looking at the costumes and sets. It was probably this movie that started my obsession with all things old-fashioned and vintage.
The other reason I loved this movie was because the shots of the fairground reminded me of the Queensland version of a State Fair, The Royal Queensland Show.
Back in August 1875 a group of colonists met at the Brisbane Town Hall to form the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland. The Association's Charter was to promote and encourage the agricultural and industrial development of Queensland as well as provide the opportunity for country and urban residents to come together in a celebration of Queensland lifestyle. The 'Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876', held from 22 - 26 August, proved a triumph beyond all expectation. A public holiday was declared, and on opening day, 17,000 people attended - a great feat at a time when the total population of Brisbane was only 22,000. Men attended in their suits and ladies in their finest garments. Food was served on long tables and the first show bag - a bag of coal - was free for all visitors.
The first 'Royal' Show was held in 1921, when the Association was granted the prefix under warrant from His Majesty King George V. Since then, the shortened name 'Ekka' has replaced 'Exhibition' in the Queensland vernacular, indicating locals' affection for our annual Show. Source
Today, our family went to the Ekka and we had a fabulous time. There was an atmosphere of happiness and joy that was truly infectious- everyone was smiling!
We started the day with a ride on the Ferris Wheel.
After that Mr Attorney took the kids to "Sideshow Alley" where they they tried their luck on a few games.
After all that hard work it was time to eat...What should we have?
Ribs, hot buttered corn and maybe a turkey leg from this bright Yellow vendor!?
What about some PINK fairy floss?
I think Dagwood dogs and ice cream sound just perfect!
While we ate our food we watched some events in the arena and we spotted some fun people too!
We then went and saw some of the exhibitors displays. Our favourite was at the produce area where people made amazing displays made of fruit and vegetables!
Look at all of those gorgeous Yellow Lemons!
We finished the day at the Show bag stand and thank goodness, there was not a bag of coal in sight.....Only lots of toys and candies!
There was even a Baseball display and Big Al won baseball cards and an Arizona Diamond Backs pencil!
To top off an already fabulous day, the weather was spectacular!
And this brings me back to the movie State Fair and to my Tuesday Tune!
The cloudless sky and mild temperature was not at all like a typical winters day...
It might as well have been Spring!
What a fabulous day OUR family had at OUR state fair!
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Thanks so much for visiting me today and thanks also to the very sweet Beverly for having me at her weekly Pink Saturday Party and to Jenny who is hosting a special Rainbow version of Alphabe Thursday!
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Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz