Brad Carpenter never expected to be doing this job.
The 23-year-old is spending the better part of a year on the road with various agricultural shows, as they make their way around Tasmania and the mainland.
On Saturday at Longford the Beaconsfield native was on the bungee jumps, fitting children into harnesses so that they could fling themselves skyward from trampolines.
He’s been sleeping in a tent as the show moves from Burnie to Longford to Hobart and beyond, spending his free time wandering the grounds and hanging out with the other travelling staff.
But it all came about from a spontaneous application to a job posting on Gumtree.
“It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “I’ve made friends with quite a few of the other regulars on the site.
“Pretty much I just throw children into the air, which is actually quite amusing for a job.
“It’s nice and simple, it’s straightforward, and personally I just love work where you’re going to have fun.”
He was distracted for a second as 9-year-old Nick Wing was ready for his turn.
“Ready?” he beamed. “Big jump!”
It’s his first experience working for the show circuit, having previously been employed in event management, brand ambassador work, and communications.
“The people I was working for in Burnie were looking for some staff for the Tassie run, so I just answered the ad and now three weeks later I’m here doing the Longford show,” he said.
“Now I’m looking at going up to the mainland to do the mainland shows as well.
“I’ve done a bunch of different things, but I didn’t think I’d wind up doing this.”
Show day was greeted by pouring rain on Saturday morning, but by midday the grey skies were clearing and attendance was picking up.
Longford Show Committee secretary Kristy Springer said the committee was a bit disheartened in the morning, but the day turned out alright in the end.
“Numbers were down on previous years but we still had a lovely day,” she said.
“The rain was a real shame, because so much effort goes into this and we want to get people through the gates.”
The Longford Show goes ahead every year thanks to a committee of 24 volunteers, plus an additional about 50 hands helping out on the day itself.
Ms Springer said volunteers were the secret to the Longford Show’s success.
“We rely on volunteers to make the show happen, and they need to be recognised for the effort that they put in,” she said.
“It takes a year to put it together, as soon as this one finishes we’ll start looking at next year.”
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