It's one of Western Australia's longest standing community event attracting over 400,000 people. It first started as an Annual fair and cattle show in 1834 in Guildford and then moved to the Claremont showgrounds in 1904.
It started today and runs until the 3rd of October and is open from 9am to 9pm every day and all major attractions are free.
With about 300 performances and 100 hours of entertainment a day, it's good value.
Entry costs $29 per adult with various other prices for families, children, etc, but you can get a reduced fee ticket if you buy them at the IGA supermarkets, the biggest sponsor of the event, where they cost $25.
From flower arranging, cake decorating, horse shows, pig-diving, dog and cat shows, petting farms, sheep-shearing, crafts, sheep-dog challenge, etc., you can find it all at this show.
Side-show alley - Amusement rides and games are the only things you have to pay for.
And food of course - there's plenty of food choices from the tasty to the plain blahhh.
We enjoyed our 5 hours of walking around, saw many things and didn't see many others of course, but overall the impression was good.
I had been to similar fairs in Portugal but on a much smaller scale, so after 5 hours it was time to leave, and I was sorry not to stay until the end when they have a fireworks display.
My favourites were the Cake Decorating Pavilion - wow there's a lot of very talented people, and then the City Farmer's Pavilion (a pet and garden supplies warehouse) where I got to pet some lovely animals. Goats and sheep were walking around freely, and there was an enclosure where a farmer who has 400 animals had a few of them all together and they all got along with each other - from cats to dogs, to pigeons and chickens, rabbits and hamsters. Loved it!! I'll leave photos of my favourites for tomorrow... For now hope you enjoy this small sample of my visit (and over 200 photos).
We're enjoying a long weekend (Queen's Birthday on Monday) so Sunday and Monday will be spent doing our jobs around the house...
|Flowers on show|
|Colourful cows on parade|
|dog training, horse show, rock climbing and vintage car|
|Pig running and diving (first photo, the tiny presenter and singer)|
|Evening views of the Amusement rides|