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The Banana Octopus and the Kiama Show

February 2, 2013 | Off-Farm goings on | 7 comments | Author:

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The delights of the country show are many. For me, though, it’s all about the vegetables. Specifically the vegetables dressed as animals, or people. All the rest of pales in comparison.

Last week I was lucky enough to catch the Kiama show, south of Sydney. Kiama is where we’ll be hosting Joel Salatin’s upcoming Masterclasses, in the Showground Pavilion. Last week however, the Pavilion was in full flight, doing what it does best.. hosting the pride of the regions produce, its finest animals, and a banana octopus.

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Love a good miniature seaside garden
Love a good miniature seaside garden

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U 16s decorated arrowroots category…
A show is not a show without its pumpkins
A show is not a show without its pumpkins
The rest of the Vegetable Character entrants
The rest of the Vegetable Character entrants
First Prize! Go Solomon.
First Prize! Go Solomon.
Second place, sad face. I would have gone with equal first, myself
Second place, sad face. I would have gone with equal first, myself. Onion pandas are awesome.
Solomon Gates also cleaned up in the U 16s scarecrow category
Solomon Gates also cleaned up in the U 16s scarecrow category
My other fave Kiama Show category - longest piece of Kikuyu grass! Only 3 entries this year...
My other fave Kiama Show category – longest piece of Kikuyu grass! Only 3 entries this year…
Hmm. Is this Solomon's brother? Methinks the Gates' are a show-going bunch...
Hmm. Could this Solomon’s brother? Methinks the Gates’ family are toasting their show successes this year…
The entire illawarra region depicted on a single quilt
The entire illawarra region depicted on a single quilt
Puppet show. The kids faces were the best bit. Some of them were so into it, while others were completely un-convinced
Puppet show. The kids faces were the best bit. Some of them were so into it, while others were completely un-convinced
There's no way around it, show dahlias are amazing. Oh, to be a bee!
There’s no way around it, show dahlias are amazing feats of nature. Oh, to be a bee!

Whew. Having grown up in Kiama, this show is something I’ve been going to off and on for over 30 years now.

To be bringing a happy avalanche of farmers and folks from all over to the Kiama Showground Pavilion in two weeks with Joel Salatin will be a treat, and something I never suspected I’d be doing, when I was growing up here.

May both the regenerative small farm revolution and the vegetable animal category forge paths towards an abundant future. At Kiama, and beyond. Viva!

>> More posts about off-farm adventures

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7 COMMENTS


  • narf77 February 2, 2013 at 7:33 am | Reply

    Off to make me one of those octopi right now! :)


  • Emily Heath February 3, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply

    Hilarious! Wish I could have gone.


  • annie February 4, 2013 at 6:46 am | Reply

    I love a rural show too – we are just BUSTING for the Bega show in a couple of weeks, assembling our entries… I just wish we had the kikuyu comp!


    1. milkwoodkirsten February 4, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply

      maybe you should start one, as long as it doesn’t take 14 sessions of the show committee to pass the motion? :)


  • Anne-Maree February 4, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply

    omg an onion panda! who could want for more?!


  • Karyn February 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply

    Yes, Solomon and Isaac are brothers, and if you look closely sister Olivia also won a prize for her miniature garden! I am happy to report that a nicer bunch of kids you are unlikely to meet and I’m thrilled to be able to forward your blog to them :)


    1. milkwoodkirsten February 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply

      Gosh! You’re right! Go the Gates’! Just imagining the fun around the kitchen table the week before the show at their house, with everyone in design / construction mode :)



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