The Easter Show in Sydney / by Jessica Lee

It's kind of strange, but I'm reminded of home the most when I least expect it.

Matt took me to the Easter Show tonight.

It's pretty much like a carnival, much like in the tradition of the Canadian Exhibition every year at the end of summer back in Toronto. The place was filled with groups of teenagers, families and couples.

There were rides, and midway games- lots of food and some farm animals. It even rained tonight, like it did that day Bedouin Soundclash played a free show at the Ex and I waited it out along with the crowd.

Key differences between the Australian version and the Canadian one are that Aussies call cotton candy "fairy floss", I couldn't find candy apples here, and candy here is called "lollies" or "sweets".

Also, they have things here called "show bags" where you can buy lots of candy in a plastic bag. They should start this tradition in Canada. Or maybe not. We have diabetes problems as it is. We also have extremely strange things to eat at the Ex such as deep-friend Mars bars and deep-friend butter.

Matt and I started the night out in the food building. It had lots of samples, but not nearly as many as the Delicious Food show I attended back in Toronto at the Ex in October. (see what I mean about little things reminding me of back home?) It was nice to see all the food vendors with their specialty products such as honey, jams and sauces.

From there, we moved towards the rodeo show.

Here is a photo of someone riding a kicking/bucking horse.

After that, we wandered into the rides and finally decided to commit to the roller coaster.

It wasn't half as scary as the rides at Canada's Wonderland, but I was still feeling the adrenaline rush. As we got to the top of the coaster, I exclaimed in a panic "Matt! Why are we doing this?!" To which he replied: "Well the view is nice from up here. Where's your camera?"

I survived in the end, but him not so much as I was giving him the death stare for quite some time afterwards.

We were treated to some spectacular fireworks at the end of the night in the stadium. It was one of the best fireworks display I've ever seen. It was just row after row of fireworks for at least half an hour. And they do it every night.

I was quite impressed with the Easter Show. It was not as big as the Ex in Toronto, but I quite liked it for its charm.