I love a good country show and our Noosa Country Show held here in Pomona is one of the best. We have it all – the produce, the displays, the animals, the rodeo, the art, the competitions, the performers, the photography, the rides, the show bags, the food, the fireworks – and this year for the first time we had workshops. And I was fortunate enough to be asked to facilitate one.
I decided to do glass pendant jewellery making. This is always such a popular workshop and caters for a broad range of ages and tastes. We wanted to incorporate a bit of an eco-theme so I based the pendants around re-using paper and fabric scraps. It was pretty successful and each participant had a bag of about 4-5 pieces of jewellery to take home with them. And the best part for the attendees was that it was free. What a bonus!! When I run these workshops privately the cost is between $30 to $40 so a big thanks to the Show Society for allowing me to bring these workshops to the public for free.
There were a number of other workshops happening over the weekend including watercolour painting, art journalling, natural fibre weaving (I really would have liked to attend that one myself), mixed media, culture sharing, PNG weaving, kids clay, collaborative community painting, mono printing (another one that I would have loved) and many more.
Another fabulous part of the weekend was that my daughter Miss Molly was in a group of dancers who performed (right before Angry Anderson and all). Such a great experience for them. I love that living in a close-knit rural community allows my kids plenty of opportunities like these.
Next year we are going to get ourselves organised and enter some of the show competitions. Lots of our local family friends entered into things like cooking, photography, artwork, scrapbooking, best fruit and vege, lego building and handwriting. So many wonderful opportunities for young people with a rural theme that connects them to where they live.
The displays and competitions
When I was a child I used to go to the Brisbane Ekka every year. It was a highlight for our family. I love that we are creating childhood memories for our kids.
Do you go to any shows? Is it a family tradition? Do you enter any of the competitions? I’m determined to enter something next year.
Many thanks to Mia Hacker, Peta Hempsall, Davina Foster, Aimee Stanyer for the use of their photos.