Show entertainment focus pays off

Karen HuntManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Queensland comedy team the Crackup Sisters kept the kids entertained on Saturday.
Camera IconQueensland comedy team the Crackup Sisters kept the kids entertained on Saturday.

Mild weather and plenty of displays and entertainment made for a fun day out at the 129th Bridgetown Agricultural Show on Saturday.

“The whole committee when we were clearing up talked about how happy we were with everything we put on,” Agricultural Society president Ric Wheatley said.

He said stewards reported exhibit numbers were good and noted that organisers had spent $30,000 on entertainment for patrons.

Bridgetown boys Hunter Menghini, 7, Shevy Wilkinson, 12, Sam Waters, 11, and Archie Williams, 11, made a beeline for sideshow alley on Saturday morning.
Camera IconBridgetown boys Hunter Menghini, 7, Shevy Wilkinson, 12, Sam Waters, 11, and Archie Williams, 11, made a beeline for sideshow alley on Saturday morning. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

“The committee and show councillors had put a lot of hard work into the program to ensure there was lots of free entertainment,” he said.

There were 1416 tickets sold at the gate, treasurer Margaret Morton said, with numbers and takings slightly up on last year.

Memberships were also up she said, noting that a family pass for Agricultural Society members cost $30 – half of what a non-member family of four had to pay at the gate.

Boyup Brook girl Kaitlyn Burke, 10, with her champion miniature pony Cindy Lou, at the 129th Bridgetown Agricultural Show.
Camera IconBoyup Brook girl Kaitlyn Burke, 10, with her champion miniature pony Cindy Lou, at the 129th Bridgetown Agricultural Show. Credit: Karen Hunt / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Agricultural Society councillor Hayley Thorpe said she was pleased to see a discussion online about boosting entries for the 130th anniversary next year.

“Some sections have seen a decline in entries but others such as the photography section have had a boost in entries this year,” she said.

John Birrane and children Sasha, 10, Ava, 9 and Erik, 6, were checking out the photography exhibits in Centenary Hall with their show passports.
Camera IconJohn Birrane and children Sasha, 10, Ava, 9 and Erik, 6, were checking out the photography exhibits in Centenary Hall with their show passports. Credit: Karen Hunt.

Beryl Sutton won the prize for Most Points in Show (120 points) with Margaret Wright receiving Most Points (81) in Centenary Hall.

Ken and Rod McIllree’s Collie A model Lister was named Most Interesting Stationary Engine and Manjimup Toyota had the Best Trade Exhibit.

Aussie Plasma Cutting was judged to have the Best Stall Exhibit with Mic’s Milling winning the prize for Most Creative Exhibit.

Lucy Best 10, won first prize for her potatoes, while brother Cody, 5, got a second for his rhubarb and Oscar, 8, also won second prize, for a flower arrangement.
Camera IconLucy Best 10, won first prize for her potatoes, while brother Cody, 5, got a second for his rhubarb and Oscar, 8, also won second prize, for a flower arrangement.

Levi Waters won the competition for the best guess at the combined weight of a prize-winning cow and calf, which was 1120kg.

The People’s Choice photography award for entrants 16 years and over went to David Barrett, with the under 16 years award going to Alicia Applin.

Kite man Michael Alvarez was one of the attractions for all ages at the show.
Camera IconKite man Michael Alvarez was one of the attractions for all ages at the show.

Mr Wheatley said numbers built throughout the day towards the fireworks display, a traditional favourite.

“There was a really good crowd for the grand finale,” he said.

More pictures from the Bridgetown Show

Bridgetown’s Nick Maxwell, on his 1910 Norton, caught up with Bunbury mate Michael Rock, who was showing his 1950s Matchless bike on Saturday.
Camera IconBridgetown’s Nick Maxwell, on his 1910 Norton, caught up with Bunbury mate Michael Rock, who was showing his 1950s Matchless bike on Saturday.
Bridgetown man Allan Roberts with judge Fred Doust, of Boyup Brook, and Mike Askew, also of Boyup Brook, and his 1971 Mini van.
Camera IconBridgetown man Allan Roberts with judge Fred Doust, of Boyup Brook, and Mike Askew, also of Boyup Brook, and his 1971 Mini van.
Yornup couple Gerald and Denice Young, at left and right, caught up with Shannon and Robert Farquhar, also of Yornup, at the show.
Camera IconYornup couple Gerald and Denice Young, at left and right, caught up with Shannon and Robert Farquhar, also of Yornup, at the show.
Bridgetown residents Lois and Dave Whyte treated grandchildren Mackenzie, 8 and Conner, 10, to an icecream as it warmed up on Saturday.
Camera IconBridgetown residents Lois and Dave Whyte treated grandchildren Mackenzie, 8 and Conner, 10, to an icecream as it warmed up on Saturday.
Bridgetown couple Sean Mahoney and Norma Schulz browsed the exhibits with Mayana, 9 and Miylan, 6, during a break from their drumming and dance performances.
Camera IconBridgetown couple Sean Mahoney and Norma Schulz browsed the exhibits with Mayana, 9 and Miylan, 6, during a break from their drumming and dance performances.
Cattle stewards Matt Watts, pictured, and Rick Evans were offering a prize this year for guessing the weight of a champion blonde d'Aquitaine Simmental cow and calf.
Camera IconCattle stewards Matt Watts, pictured, and Rick Evans were offering a prize this year for guessing the weight of a champion blonde d'Aquitaine Simmental cow and calf.
Boyup Brook blacksmith Graham Garner demonstrated his skills, showing how to make an ornamental coat hook, on Saturday.
Camera IconBoyup Brook blacksmith Graham Garner demonstrated his skills, showing how to make an ornamental coat hook, on Saturday.
Kendenup farmer Max Whyte, of the Brimfield stud, won the supreme sheep of the shed award for his Poll Dorset ram.
Camera IconKendenup farmer Max Whyte, of the Brimfield stud, won the supreme sheep of the shed award for his Poll Dorset ram.

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