There were donkeys:
and this fine frog, surely a prince in disguise.
We met an exotic grasshopper:
and an extremely laid-back snake, pictured below right with Louise Jennison
- and in the following photo with Shane.
There were some champion pigeons.
We even got to hold one of them. That's me on the right
- and in the next two photos, Gracia Haby.
We also encountered some ferrets.
The next generation of Moth Women and Homo-insecta even put in an unexpected appearance.
The students were from Year 5
As if that weren't enough excitement, there was pig racing
and a diminutive circus pony.
The day ended on a spectacular note when Louise was plucked from the audience to take part in this hair-raising lariat act.
She and her fellow "volunteer" hid their nerves like real troupers. Thankfully they both came away with their noses intact.
They took well deserved bows, as Gracia, Shane and I breathed a collective sigh of admiration, tinged with relief
- and swifter than the crack of a whip, our visit to the Ballarat Show was over for another year.