It's show time!
16 September 11
We last visited the Beenleigh Show three years ago. Back then, our girls were so much younger and we appreciated the animal exhibits more than the rides and show events. This year, our experience was reversed.
We arrived in the afternoon, soon after the gates were opened. We walked around the showgrounds for a while first to look at what was on offer. We wanted our girls to see all the the rides that are available and to let the seeds of desire grow within them so that they would choose to go on the rides where the desire had grown enough to make a request hours later.
While walking around, we discovered two good vegetarian food options. The first that we tried was vegetarian Japanese yakisoba, and the second was a baked potato with a chickpea and coconut cream sauce. After filling our tummies, it was time to enjoy the show!
The Beenleigh Show has been going for 135 years now, and a main focus of this show are the agricultural and handicraft elements. Prize animals are shown, baked goods and flower arrangements are on display. Sugar cane is still grown in the local area, and each year a big prize is awarded for the best local sugar cane.
We liked browsing through the quilting displays. White gloves are made available to patrons so that they can touch the quilts freely without making them dirty. Our girls loved putting the gloves on and then took advantage of the invitation to touch!
Our first ride was on the classic ferris wheel. We wanted to get on the ride while it was still light so we could properly appreciate the views.
From the top of the ferris wheel, the girls could spy all the jumping castles and assess each one. By the time we got off, they had agreed on the best jumping castle option — I’m thankful it was a unanimous decision!
During this time, many events were taking place in the main arena, and we returned to watch the action — just in time to meet Beppo the Clown.
One of the highlights of this year’s show has been the camel racing. It wasn’t a serious race — local businesspeople were roped in to ride the camels halfway around the track. We were thrilled to realise that these were the same camels that we rode last year at a multicultural festival in Brisbane — albeit at a much slower pace!
Another one of the main acts at this year’s show is the Crackup Sisters. They’re billed as an Aussie wisecracking, whip-cracking, slapstick comedy duo. Their caravan was very close to the arena, so we talked to them before their act.
Ride-on mower racing is a new sport for us. These modified machines can reach speeds of up to 85kph, and it’s funny to watch them hooning around the track, occasionally spinning out of control.
We decided to return to Sideshow Alley for some more rides. By this time, the girls were definite about the rides they wanted to go on, and even David had something in mind!
The last time we saw the Beenleigh Show fireworks, it was from the balcony of a local friend three years ago. This year, it was special to experience it up close with our girls.
After the fireworks, Brioni and Aisha together approached us and specifically requested a carousel ride before bed. Their manner was so deliberately gentle and dignified — they looked like they were fully prepared to accept a “no” answer. Because they were asking in such righteousness, of course the answer was “yes”.
After this last ride, we headed back to our truck which was parked close by. It’s wonderful not having to go far after a big day out like this — our beds are only a couple minutes’ walk away!
We really enjoyed the rides and the experience of the Beenleigh Show. It’s special to us because it’s our “hometown”, and we’ll take these memories with us as we continue our travels in Australia and further afield!