YOUNG, old and young-at-heart let out their inner children at the Show to enjoy a wide range of sensory experiences.
Sideshow alley was a visual and aural overload of showbags, fairy floss, spruikers and the smell of doughnuts
The “agriculture” in Bendigo Agricultural Show is still a big attraction, judging by the number lining up to cuddle baby animals and run their hands through the shivering wool of sheep and alpacas.
Sideshow alley was a visual and aural overload of showbags, fairy floss, spruikers and the smell of doughnuts, while the rides were a writhing kaleidoscope of excited faces and chest-thumping music.
Things were more sedate around the edges of the Showgrounds.
Murray Elliott “The Pain Man” was eager to try out his pulsing painPod machine on passersby with stiff necks.
Country singer Paul Costa and his band entertained crowds perched on hay bales. Crowds were not evident, however, at either the Liberal Party or Labor Party stands.
Shelbourne blacksmith Peter Embury travels the show circuit across Australia but was on home turf for a change, plying his trade in fireplace sets, belt buckles, horseshoes and taking orders for restoration work.
One of his clients was Shaun McGoldrick from Huntly, who brought in two sets of wagon wheels for repair for a vintage farm dray and a tip dray.
Mr McGoldrick owns seven Clydesdale horses at his Huntly property and he maintains old farm drays, wagons and harnesses as a hobby.
Mr McGoldrick said he and the family often go for drives in the horse-drawn wagons in the State forest near their property, "just like they did 100 years ago”.
“It’s about keeping the tradition alive,” he said.
“We have a stage coach as well; we take that out a fair bit. The kids love it.”