Opportunity Lost at Old Time Show

Folks, last weekend I made my annual pilgrimage to the annual Mt. Larcom Show; twice, which made up for missing last years’ Covid cancelled event.

You know it’s a good show when the side show alley is actually a sideshow

But let’s not talk about that, except to say, a lot of people had the same idea, so parking was ‘an adventure’. 

Now, this particular show’s attraction is it’s a traditional, old fashioned show, where the locals (and a few blow-ins) show their best livestock, produce, art and craft, handiwork, skills, and battered cowboy hats ‘n boots to a gawping crowd for a couple of days.

For us townies, it’s also quite fascinating to view the impressive produce (particularly the giant pumpkins) plus all the different breeds, and sizes, of the various animals on display, and stepping into their droppings. 

I’m also big fan of the displays of yesteryear, the old steam engines, tractors, V8 utes, log chop competitions, camp cooking, gymkhana events, pony traps and even an old fashion pig race.

Yesirree, nothing says ol’ fashion show like betting on racing pigs!

But it was only as I made my way home, suffering from my annual bout of ‘Dagwood Dog Regret’, did it occur to me what was missing: the displays of new, emerging, future and innovative technologies.

Usually, these events are also a showcase for businesses to parade their latest wares, machinery, fertilisers, harvesters, quad bikes, 4WD’s and ATV’s.  Sadly, none of these things were being exhibited.

Nor were there any displays featuring solar panels, windmills, electric vehicles or other new-fangled gizmo’s and gew-gaws being hawked by smiling salespeople.

Talk about an opportunity lost!

Particularly as our current Prime Minister appears so keen on promoting new energy know-how to end our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions; just as long as he doesn’t have to actually do anything.

Happily, if I’ve learned anything from my attendance at the yearly show (apart from staying away from Dagwood Dogs), it’s that Australian farmers have always been a very inventive bunch, and it won’t be long before they’re proudly showing us the way forward.

This article first appeared in the Regrow Queensland e-zine. Check it out!

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