Despite living in the 'burbs' of Sydney, one of the sweetest traditions to survive is the existence of a "Showground" home to the annual agricultural show. These are held all over the state, indeed, all over the country and culminate in the show to end all shows, in Sydney at least - The Royal Easter Show.
Castle Hill Show is the last of these events prior to the Royal and winners selected here will have the opportunity to show off, bake, create, paint, ride and parade their arts and crafts, produce, pets and ponies at the big event.
Our little event however, is slowly getting tackier and tackier. It's a carnival of carnies, a plethora of ponies, a sideshow of silliness. Even the candy floss is packed in plastic bags instead of made in one of those big spinning tubs and wound onto a stick, all warm and tacky.
Still, with the sun shining and time on a Sunday afternoon, I paid my dues, put up with the stench of camels and pony poo and frying onions and sweet liquorice and took a few snaps of the event for posterity . . . .
Rides for the kiddies