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22 October 2014 / leggypeggy

Plants are just as showy as costumes at the Goroka Show

Goroka Show, plant competition

These two gals did all these. It was probably the biggest display of flowers at the show

The Goroka Show has something for everyone.

While sensational song-and-dance performances are at the core of the event, the Papua New Guineans don’t stop at that. There are plenty of stalls selling crafts (remember the mask I didn’t buy?) and lots of local delicacies (such as creepy-looking red sausages, grilled pork and coffee beans).

The flower show is a popular event and colourful too. As far as I know, this is the only aspect of the show in which winners are announced. Song-and-dance performances aren’t judged because so many of the tribes might be or could become enemies. But flowers are different. They must be calming! And the participants (mostly women) wore huge smiles and they showed off their efforts.

Goroka Show, smile

She gets my vote for best and biggest smile

We enjoyed checking out the various displays about an hour or so before judging (so we don’t know who won). It was yet another opportunity for colour overload. Displays were classified in six categories, such as vertical, horizontal, creativity and colourist. Backdrops were judged too.

One of the last stalls we visited asked us to pay a kina (about 50 cents) to take a photo. We just laughed and said No thanks. We’d already taken a load of photos and everyone else had been thrilled to show off their handiwork.

Goroka Show plants

Perhaps my favourite display—birds of paradise


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  1. artandkitchen / Oct 23 2014 5:54 pm

    Thanks Peggy, love the style of the compositions!


  2. David York / Oct 24 2014 12:35 pm

    Beautiful , Peggy! You can tell that you made that woman’s day, week, month, year and life by the looks of her smile! Good work!


    • leggypeggy / Oct 24 2014 12:56 pm

      Thanks Dave. Her smile always makes me smile.


  3. Brian Lageose / Feb 29 2016 4:27 pm

    The birds of paradise display IS gorgeous, but the smiling woman is best in show… 😉



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