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A visit to Cairns Agricultural Show

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

My first agricultural show in Australia (yes, we’re telling the truth when we say how difficult is to have some free time when you run a business). But the day was promising and┬áneither of us felt like sitting in front of the computer much, so we decided to take a few hours off and go to Cairns Agricultural Show.

One of the roller coasters at Cairns Agricultural Show

My first impression was extremely disappointing, only for one reason: all we could see from the entrance was endless rides, roaller coasters, fast food stand and those stands where you have to hit a bottle with a ball or a duck with a fake rifle and you win some little prize. We hadn’t come to an agricultural show for this. So we spent about half an hour looking around, seeing people enjoy themselves (and others not so much after having been in one of those awful rides). We managed to take a photo and although not very good, it will give you an idea of what I’m talking about. And this ride wasn’t even the worst one (yes, I must admit I hate rides if they make me sick, I guess I have inherited this from my mum).

Steve and Jim, manager of The Hub Chillagoe, in the Atherton Tablelands

So we kept on walking around and finally managed to leave behind all the mayhem of this funfair. We stumbled upon a shed that looked like it had something happening inside and of course, we went to have a look. At last we had found where we had come to see: the Agricultural Show. Lots of stands from the region, showcasing the Atherton Tablelands, Tropical North Queensland’s Outback and a good number of small local businesses introducing or letting people know about their products and services. The first stand we came across was the Atherton Tablelands and Outback, where we met Jim, from The Hub Chillagoe. We had a good chat with him about the region and how, little by little, more and more car rental companies in the region let their cars be driven to Chillagoe. Which is great for tourists, as the Chillagoe Caves, the main attraction of Chillagoe, are absolutely breathtaking and such a world away from the beaches and the reefs of the coast.

Next was the Chinese clinic, where I had acupuncture without needles, only a machine somehow glued to my back. After ten minutes receiving electric discharges, my back muscles felt much more relaxed and loose. Exactly what I needed to keep on wondering around. I had a funny sense of deja vu, attending shows is what I used to do during my last months of working for Nortel in Spain. One show in Barcelona, one show in Granada, etc. Definetely it was nice to be wondering from stand to stand instead of being behind a stand for endless hours. Although I must admit that it was fun, mostly when the show closed for the day and we knew we had a few hours to spare. Because, who sleeps during those shows, mostly if you are in another city with lots of people who don’t want to sleep either? Well, I had some colleagues who had small kids and it was their opportunity to catch up on sleep. If we let them…

We also visited the stand where all the Tropical North Queensland fruit wineries were present, showcasing their delicious tropical fruit wines. Even though I haven’t tried them all, so far I can say that the lychee one is one of my favourites. Another one I love, even though is not wine but liqueur, is the coffee one De Brueys produces. Absolutely delicious. We finally met Tony, from Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, in Mossman, and it’s always good to catch up with Elaine, from De Brueys, near Mareeba.

Another interesting side of the show was the artisans building their products, as well as the agricultural competitions that took place during the day. One competition we made it on time to watch was the woodchopping one. Remember I’m a city girl, so all these things are a bit out of my league and I find them fascinating. Five guys, some young, some not so young, but all of them fairly muscly. The first one started chopping a thick log and after a few seconds, the second one started ans so on, until it was time for the last guy, a young big bloke, to start chopping his log. Can you imagine who won the competition? This last guy, after a few second he had cut his log in two.

And then it was the snakes show, where a speaker was presenting some of the most venomous snakes of Australia and giving a few hints to avoid being bitten by snakes. Do you want to know a bit more about it? Visit our travelling safe page.

The first snake is the most venomous one in the world. He also said that it was one of the fastest to bite. As soon as he said that none of us had their arms over the fence where he was enclosed with the snakes. The second one, even though it doesn’t look like a big snake, is called Death Adder. Do I need to add anything else to its description? I’ve always been fascinated by snakes, I find them very intriguing. But I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to get so close to them…