A Day at the Show (a poem about a day at a travelling fair or carnival)

Kingaroy Show 2014
Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source
Ferris Wheel/Kingaroy Show 2014
Ferris Wheel/Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source
Side-show Clowns/Kingaroy Show 2014
Side-show Clowns/Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source
Punch and Judy Puppet Theatre/Kingaroy Show 2014
Punch and Judy Puppet Theatre/Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source

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!.

Food Stalls,/Kingaroy Show 2014
Food Stalls,/Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source
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Tractor Display/ Kingaroy Show 2014
Tractor Display/ Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source
Show bag Stall/Kingaroy Show 2014
Show bag Stall/Kingaroy Show 2014 | Source

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.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I could smell the cow poop and taste the corn dogs from here. Well done, John!


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bigj1969 2 years ago from glasgow

Great poem,very well written,brings back memories.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Bill, glad it seemed realistic enough that it got your senses working.

Thanks for reading bigj1969. I hadn't been to the show for 20 years, so it brought back memories for me too.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I always loved carnivals and fairs and it has been many years since I have been too. Thanks for the seekers song too; I had never heard it! ^+


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jackie. I hope this brought back pleasant memories. Glad you enjoyed "The Seekers" song.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love this poem, Jodah. It bounces along just like a carnival show with all the excitement. I really enjoyed it and I like the Seekers song. I am listening to it now.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Phyllis, glad you found it a catchy bouncy poem. 'The Carnival is Over' is a sad song and was The Seekers farewell tune, but it is still wonderful.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Brilliant. This poem was a happy one that got my happy endorphins flowing inside me, even with the 'missing child.' 'Tis all part of the 'fun of the fair.' It was a nice touch having the 'Seekers' video too. Talk about 'blast from the past.' :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Jane(Lesley)...I got your name right this time...lol. Thank you for reading this poem. I am glad you enjoyed it and it gave you a happy feeling. Yes, the good old Seekers....love them.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

There was a time when the carnival made its rounds. How I remember the tilt/twirl. I would ride it over and over. The carnival that came through was small and did not have all the events described in your poem; however, those events can be found at the State Fair...Thanks for taking me back to such a fun time. V+

Kim


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Kim. I'm glad I could help you relive some fond memories. This is the first one have attended in many years. I appreciate the vote up too.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Wow Jodah! That made want to go to the fair when I read that, plus after I saw the videos! You really caught it in the words though. Good job. Voted up and pinned.

Kevin


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

What a vivid picture of a fair ! As kids, how much we used to relish visiting the fairs ! John, you took me to my childhood when I read this beautiful poem. In those fairs, artists, magician, puppet shows, dancers, singers, swings, kiosks , foods and children all looked so wonderful and everything was so enjoyable and full of mirth. We, children used to wait for such fantastic fairs ( we call fair "mela " in Hindi ). Great poem, I enjoyed it thoroughly including the lovely song. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah very creative and fun read


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a fun read. Your rhyming ability is excellent! I love to go to a fair or a carnival. I know your family had a good time...


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Enjoyable to read and well written. Love the poem and the fair. Jamie


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

The rhythm and rhyme of this piece really suit the subject. The fair - carnival so lively and accessible. Each stanza brought back many memories

As I read I felt I was there. Remembering show bags, ferris wheels, fairy floss and all. Oh yes, and Tony Abbot looking sinister! Good one.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I always loved going to the county fair when I was little--the smell of straw and eating cotton candy!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I love the fair! this is such a great poem! loved the way you did it, we have our fair in June, it was always on my birthday so that was a treat! they have changed the dates now, but its still great. Mind you, the security now is spoiling it, lots of coppers everywhere! anyone would think I lived in a gang town! its only a darn silly little village! lol!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I love the fair with all of its sights, sounds and healthy : ) food!!! We have a State Fair in October in the big city and a local one here in my county. You have captured the very essence of what the fair is all about here in your wonderful poem. I really loved The Seekers song and video and all of your photos.

I am sorry for being so late in commenting but my Internet has been down, but now back up and running!

Up and more and away

Blessings always


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such a cheerful and fun poem, Jodah. I enjoyed it! You created the atmosphere of a fair very well. I love The Seekers too, so I was very glad that you added a video of them singing.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Jodah,

What a delightful time your poem took me back to our state fair, which was always such a fun day. I remember the cotton candy and every time I went to the Tampa Fair I bought Saltwater Taffy for my mother.

I loved your fireworks video--thanks for sharing this experience with us.

Bobbi Purvis


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Kevin, for the kind comment, vote up and pin. Good to hear it made you want to attend the fair.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Harishprasad, for another detailed comment. You always manage to read between the lines of my poetry. Yes the fair brings back memories of fun childhood experiences. Appreciate the vote up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank. I had to be there with my wife working on a stall, so took the opportunity to take photos and write a poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the generous comment Ruby. Yes it was a fun day.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jamie I appreciate your reading this and leaving a kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi travmaj, I am glad it came over as lively and realistic. I don't know where the 'Tony Abbot' reference came from, just seemed to fit appropriately. Glad another Aussie read it to relate...lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Audrey, thanks for reading. I was trying to think of what Americans called 'fairy floss' and I just couldn't think. Thanks for reminding me it is 'cotton candy'.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Nell, glad you enjoyed this one. Our show/fair is always around my birthday too, in this case just a couple of days before. Pity about the security at yours. I think I only saw two police in the whole two days at ours.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, no need to apologise. Better late than never. I have so many hubs to comment on, but being away at the show for two days got me behind. I am glad you enjoyed this poem, the photos and the videos.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for that kind comment Alicia. I am glad this was a fun read for you. The Seekers were an amazing group, I would have liked to have chosen a more cheerful song but this one was appropriate.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure to share this one with you Bobbi. Thank you for reading and commenting. Glad it brought back some nostalgia.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely, cheery and descriptive poem - with all the fun of the fair.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Blossom, much appreciated.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed your poem and had fun in the carnival!! Great write.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

It's been so long since I've been to a carnival or a rodeo! Your poems provided a nice visit to Memory Lane. You really are a very talented poet, Jodah!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, I am glad you enjoyed this poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Shauna, thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad this allowed you to stroll down memory lane. Take care.


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LaThing 2 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, what imagery!! Brings back wonderful memories. Nicely done, Jodah. Voting up and awesome :)


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

This has brought back so many wonderful memories of my youth. I loved the carnivals as a kid. I would eat cotton candy, ride the Ferris Wheel and play all the booth games until I lost all my money. Oh, the memories. Thanks Jodah for making me feel young again...if only for a moment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi LaThing, glad this poem brought back some pleasant memeoties. Thanks for your kind comment, and vote up.

Thank you Dana. So happy this brought back those wonderful childhood memories. We all need to be able to revert back to being a kid now and then.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

What a lovely trip back in time!! I remember the Seekers, Carnival is one of my favourites, beautiful song but I'd forgotten that they were Aussies. :)

Your poems are always incredible and these are right up there. Have a lovely day, my best to you.


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Jodah. Tip top I was there for a day great stuff. You finish with the fabulous voice of Judith Durham, brilliant.

Graham.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jo, your kind comments are always most welcome. I am glad this allowed you to travel back in time for a moment. yes, the Seekers were incredible. They did a final comeback tour at the end of last year.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Graham. I am glad I gave you a day at the fair. Judith Durham is one of the greatest singers I have heard in my lifetime.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Great, jolly details make the carnival true to life, even the lost child. Fun reading!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora. Glad you had fun reading this.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I looove carnivals and fairs. Seriously, though, my hubby teases me about being a “big kid” when it comes to these events. So I especially enjoyed your poems and videos. Just in time for spring and summer! :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Genna, there's a big kid in many of us :). Glad you enjoyed this poem and the videos.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Enjoyed this. I've always loved fairs and carnivals.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Gypsy. I loved them as a child, but haven't been to one for many years...until last week.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great day of fun and you said it so perfectly. Voted up, and useful


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you DDE for the vote up. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Oh how I love a day at the fair! YOu have brightened my day with your post. WEll done!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad you enjoyed this teaches12345. If I can brighten anyone's day with my writing I am happy.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

You made me feel as though I were right back at my very first fair ..the state fair in Richmond, Virginia. It was such a wonderful experience...so much to see and do and experience.

Thanks for the walk back down memory lane.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon Jodah ps


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading ps and for the angels, glad this was a trip down memory lane for you. Who can forget their very first fair?


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daydreamer13 21 months ago

This was fun to read. Thank you. Well done!


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading daydreamer13, and for your generous comment. I so enjoyed the fun of the fair as a child.

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