A Day at the Show (a poem about a day at a travelling fair or carnival)
A Day at the Show
by John Hansen (c) 2014
Gents and ladies gather 'round,
Because the show has come to town.
Ferris wheel and knock-em-downs,
Dodgem cars and side-show clowns.
Step up, step up, and have a go,
Every player wins you know.
Fairy floss and Dagwood dogs,
Skilful axe-men cut through logs.
Arts and crafts and food to judge,
One winner is the chocolate fudge.
A painting of our Prime Minister
Wins 1st Prize, though looks quite sinister.
Jumping castle, carousel,
Test Dad's strength to ring the bell.
Punch and Judy puppet show
Attracting quite a steady flow.
A child is lost, says the loudspeaker,
He's four years old, named Toby Meeker.
Will Mr and Mrs Meeker please come
To the Info. tent to get your son!.
The rodeo attracts a crowd,
Excited watchers, cheering loud.
Many cowboys hit the dirt,
Luckily, not many hurt.
Chainsaw sculpture so precise
A bucking horse is worth the price.
Craftsmanship at highest level,
In such skill the people revel.
The farm machinery demonstration
Makes the crowd cheer in elation.
A tractor/draft horse tug of war,
Leaves the people wanting more.
All the livestock on display,
Kids get show bags to take away.
The roar of speedway fills the night,
And firework finale, a family delight
One of My Favourite Australian Groups of All Time: The Seekers, singing The Carnival is Over.
Some interesting inks.
- Carnival life: a sixth generation travelling show family - ABC North Coast NSW - Australian Broadcas
Moving from town to town year-round is not your average way of Australian life. But being a travelling showman is in Glen McGregor's blood.
- Hooked on working at the show, but what's the catch?
When Karen Ridgeway started in her job 18 years ago she considered it a clever way to earn a buck in a job that delivered family-friendly fringe benefits.
- Queensland School for Travelling Show Children - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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