It’s Showtime again soon! I can’t believe it rolls around so quickly. Each year wooshes past and before I know it I start salivating at the thought of Dagwood Dogs and hot cinnamon donuts. They are truly my favourite part of going to the Royal Adelaide Show.
You see, the show has always been high on my agenda. When I was a little girl my Mum made a decision that because my birthday was at showtime I’d alternate between a big show year and a birthday party. This year I’ll be 40 when I go to the show and I’ll have my three girls with me. When did that happen? When did I become this grown-up?
I still get the same feeling of excitement when I pass through the show gates. I still get a flutter of anticipation. I love the sounds of the sideshows, the smell of cattle, the squeals of the kids when they’re wandering around the Show Bag hall, but mostly I look forward to biting into one of these.
There are approximately four hundred million calories in each one and possibly no actual “real” food content, but I LOVE THEM. I will eat more than one.
And once we’ve visited all our favourite spots – the pigs, the woodchopping, the carousel, the dogs, the cats, the show bag hall, the dairy food hall and the farm yard nursery. And once we’ve looked at all the arts and crafts and put some balls down some laughing clowns throats for a stuffed toy, then and only then, we will walk back home so the kids can swap all the stuff they don’t like in their show bags and I will sneakily get a few treats for myself.
And once the kids have collapsed in bed from over exhaustion then, with a glass of wine in hand, Twiggy and I will sit on our porch and watch the fireworks. That’s how close we live to the show grounds.
I will yell out “blue, blue, blue” each time the fireworks cracker shoots into the sky – just like I did when I was a little kid all those many years ago. And Twiggy will say something about “showing me some fireworks” later.
It’s the same every year – that’s what I adore. The certainty. The joy.
To celebrate my love of the show I have an extra cool Royal Adelaide Show Family Value Pack to give away to one lucky Adelaide reader. It includes four tickets, a car parking pass, Showbag vouchers, $40 discounted ride coupons and meal vouchers for four people. You’ll need to be based in Adelaide to win this prize. I’ll announce a winner on Monday August 19. Feel free to share this with your friends and encourage them to like Bianca Wordley’s Bigwords Facebook Page too!
Tell me what your favourite show memory is and you might win?
My family is attending this year thanks to the Royal Adelaide Show
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. PREM WAS COSEN AS THE WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS PREM AND THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED XX
I have a love/hate relationship with the Show, and funnily enough, my imported (Dutch) husband loves it! It may not be my best Show memory, but my most vivid is watching an eight-year-old classmate copping a face full of his own vomit on the Gravitron! To this day, I cannot go on that ride, but I still love checking out the animals, trashy food and practical joke show bags 😉
Eeeeeeewww – I reckon I’ve seen someone do that too. That was my favourite ride. Good luck x
Ohh I love your show-love! We love it too. Highlights for us are also Dagwood Dawgs, the precision driving team, motorbike jumps and the mouldy cakes. Love it ALL!
I want to win the pack so much!
YES – the mouldy cakes. Love them. Good luck x
My favourite memories of the Adelaide show are also from when I was a little girl. My Grandpa had a stall there, in what is now the dairy pavilion. We used to get there really early in the morning to help him set up, then right outside the door there was the kids dragon-coaster and the little train. Of course, the rides had to be tested every morning before paying customers came, so my brother and I got to have a quick ride on each. Once the show was in full swing, we would drag my Mum or my Grandma around to look at everything, even if we saw it all the day before.
I have only taken my daughter once and my son has never been, but I look forward to seeing the awe on their faces as we parents get dragged around to see everything.
THat is SO COOL being a ride tester!! Good luck x
I forgot to mention, my daughter celebrates her birthday during show week too!
Where do I start. I have been a lover of the show from a very young age. My family and I use to go at least twice a year. I now have a family of my own which consists of 4 kids. It has now become our family tradition. We have a royal show money box and we plan the day from morning till night. We normally get there about 10 and leave after the fireworks. It is an expensive day out but it is one day that we all enjoy. We enjoy the yellow brick road as it makes us go to each pavilion and see things we would normally not. We have a photo with the police motor bike each year. Food we love the food it is “show food” not the best but you need to have it.
Ah The Yellow Brick – fabulous. Good luck x
CONGRATS PREM – YOU’VE WON THE FAMILY VALUE PACK. HOORAY! xx
It has to be that point where Jeremy and I are in the animal barn with the kids, blithely explaining every single detail of each fluffy little specimen with avid enthusiasm, and receive a slightly pleading, glazed over sigh from the kids. And we realise that actually the animal barn is really more our gig than the kids! It then follows that we go smash some hyped up rides, eat outlandishly large ice creams and make for the show bags QUICK!
I will, of course, be repeating this moment again at show time, simply cant wait. Without the over explanation of the magical powers of Adelaide’s farm animals and where all the tiny black pellets are coming from, what would our day be?
So funny we had exactly the same realisation last year We are going to do the rides, food etc first this time! Good luck x
My favourite show memory would have to be the big rush of excitement i got as i walked through the gates of the show, it is great and still to this day when i now take my own kids to the show I still get that feeling of excitment and my kids do too.We just love the show everything from the food,rides walking through all the pavilions to the showbags. We always have to do at least 3 rounds of the showbag pavilion before we buy any showbags. That is a rule in our family (lol) and we always say 2 showbags each and end up getting 4 or 5 each.
Me too – that big rush of excitement is the best. Good luck x
Oh, I have so many wonderful show memories! We get there early every year (yep, I’m talking before the gates open) and stay until the fireworks… it’s become a yearly tradition! For some reason though my mum MUST watch the wood-chopping event and I remember a couple of years ago we were on our way to it when she heard the banging of axes begin. Worried she might miss it, for some reason she sped up her pace and tripped down the levelled grass sitting area part. I still remember seeing her, her granny-trolley (you know those annoying ones people pull behind them) and a mass of showbags go tumbling down the grass. Most. Memorable. Show Day. Ever.
OH NO! I hope she wasn’t hurt. Good luck x