11 things to do at the Gold Coast Show

For a whopping 111 years the Gold Coast Show has been a favourite local event. From traditional wood chopping to prize cattle, there are plenty of reasons to head the show this weekend but, in the interest of keeping things short and sweet, here are the top 11.

1. Go on rides all day long
Guys, all day rides. HELLO. Spend the day on as many spinning, dropping and stomach curdling rides as you like, what could be better? Only available online.

2. Buy all the showbags
One of the highlights of your childhood and ours was undoubtedly choosing a showbag (or two) from the great hall of goodies. As is the case with many of the best things in the world (wine), showbags have only improved with age so get in early to nab the best ones.

3. Hit up the beer and wine garden
Because it’s a garden with beer and wine. Maybe after you’ve tested out the rides though. Your call.

4. Attend the circus workshop
Not only will Ashtons Circus be putting on a free show, they’ll also be holding a free workshop. Pretty sure juggling is an impressive addition to any résumé.

5. Watch the pig racing
They may not be fast, but they sure are cute, especially when the little squealers are racing through an obstacle course. Thanks to Noah’s Farm, all proceeds raised will go to Variety.

6. Check out the rodeo
It’s absolutely fascinating (and somewhat terrifying) to watch a grown man riding a giant bull around an arena. At the Gold Coast Show you can do exactly that on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

7. Eat tasty foods
There’s a HUGE array of food on offer at the show every year but 2017 has upped it’s game. There’s pulled pork burgers and crazy doughnuts to name a few. Arrive hungry.

8. Catch the FMX Stunt Show
Find yourself holding you breath as the professional FMX racers show off their best tricks. Seriously though, how do those guys make flipping on a motocross bike look so effortless?

9. Try your luck at sideshow alley
You haven’t visited the show unless you’ve attempted to throw a ball into the mouth of a clown in an attempt to win a giant stuffed toy. There’s even more games to try this year so make sure you schedule enough time to try them all.

10. Marvel at the fireworks
No celebration is complete without them. Watch as the night sky is lit up with one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive firework displays of the year.

11. Keep an eye out for deep fried lasagne
So word on the street is, there was a competition for best deep fried foods and the prize was the opportunity to sell at the show. The winner, amongst MANY worthy contenders was good old deep fried lasagne (on a stick no less). Let us know how that goes.

By Marleigh Kelly