CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL - WHIP CRACKING
A professional whip -cracker was one the events at the Festival.
It was really very interesting listening to him talk. I never knew Kangaroo hide is lightweight and its strength is ideal for whips. It is also the most expensive kind of whip you can buy, $300 for a whip, is quite a bit of money.
He said most stockmen use cow hide whips.
I didn't know that Kangaroo hide is the strongest leather in the world.
He did all sorts of tricks with the whip, even choosing a young lad from the audience to come and stand, then he cracked and wrapped the whip around his waist without hurting him. The stockmen doing the show had a good sense of aussie humour, one that put the audience into fits of laughter.
The show was very good and included in the entry price.
CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL
I put this under here, as the Festival is only held every 2 years, the next one will be October 2014.
As the name indicates, you will see Camp ovens and stuff to do with the outback and bush.
A camp oven is what you put your meal to be cooked in, then you sit it in coals, and shovel coals onto the lid and let it cook.
Here at the festival, several differnt groups were in a competition to see who cooked the best meal.
It looked like they could choose what they cooked. You would be surprised as to how many different foods can be cooked in a camp oven.
If you have never seen this before, then you should find it interesting.
The next one will be on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, 2014
Check out details for the next one on the website.
- Family Travel
CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL - TRACTOR PULL
Tractor pulling also was an event at the festival.
This is a competition in which modified tractors pull a heavy sledge (sled) over a 300 feet length of track, with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sledge farthest. The sport is known as the world's most powerful motorsport, due to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers.
When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added until a winner is found,
......the one who can pull the sledge the farthest.
CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL - DUCK TRIALS
Usually, it is Sheep dog trials at events like this. Well, sheep dog trials were here too! As I had seen them many times, I decided Duck trials sounded interesting, so decided to watch them.
Inside a arena, a few obstacles were set. The first was a gap in a barrier in which the sheep/cattle dog had to guide the Ducks through, then over a ramp and into their pen.
The three Indian runner ducks were let loose, then the dog came, a slinky dog with its nose nearly on the ground. The crowd gasped, by the look of this dog, those Ducks would be dead meat!
As it happened, the dog rounded them up, managed to get one Duck through but the others wouldn't go. A quarter hour later, and the Ducks had turned on the dog, hissing and quacking, not in the least frightened. I wonder if the dog ever did complete the course, as when I left, the Ducks were winning for sure!