87th Waroona Show’s for all the family

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Seven-year-old Eloise Williams, of Rockinghmam, was one of the many festival-goers who flocked to the Waroona Showgrounds for last year’s Waroona Show.
Camera IconSeven-year-old Eloise Williams, of Rockinghmam, was one of the many festival-goers who flocked to the Waroona Showgrounds for last year’s Waroona Show. Credit: Zach Relph / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

The Waroona Showgrounds will come to life once again this Saturday for the 87th Waroona Show.

Gates open at 8am, with crowds this year expected to easily surpass last year’s 10,000 attendees, which was down on the 17,000 the year before due to wet weather.

Waroona Agricultural Society president Maree Ellis said the whole community came together not just on show day but in its preparation including schools, community groups and sporting clubs.

“Everybody comes together, it’s a great community event which we’re really proud of,” she said.

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At 1pm, DeRosa Motors will officially open the show having exhibited for 50 years without missing a show.

All the traditional favourites will be on show with poultry and beef breeds judging starting at 9am and the wood chopping competition from 10am.

The trade cattle auction will begin at 2pm with the audience able to step up and have a go in the “guess the live weight” competition.

All the traditional hall exhibits, including cooking, arts and crafts, flowers, vegetables and sewing competitions, will kick off at 9am in the Walmsley Pavillion.

Alongside the exhibits will be cooking demonstrations from Victor’s Gourmet Meats, Hamlet Berkshire Pork and the Hairy Lentil, which will pair well with wine-tasting to be found in the supper room of Memorial Hall.

The creative flair of the community will be also on display in the fire station with photography and poetry exhibits as well as children’s work.

The WA Blacksmith and Farrier State competition will be on all day with the best blacksmiths across WA hammering away in the John Marchetti Shed.

The oval will host entertainment galore with a climbing wall, the Lions Club train, pony rides, face painting, kite making, sand art and many more activities.

For the first time the show will feature Funland, a children’s area offering even more entertainment and games to fill the day at the southern end of the grounds.

On stage, bands, dancers, magicians and entertainers will fill the day with music and fun including the Tug-O-War competition at 1.45pm.

Bands will play right up until the climax of the show with the Bill Wylie Memorial Fireworks at 8.30pm.

Also for the first time this year, tickets can be bought online and are available at www.waroonashow.com.au.

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