Show promises fun for everyone

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
This year’s Warren District Agriculture Show rural ambassador Mitchell East on his farm just outside of Manjimup, with some of the fresh produce he helps to grow there.
Camera IconThis year’s Warren District Agriculture Show rural ambassador Mitchell East on his farm just outside of Manjimup, with some of the fresh produce he helps to grow there. Credit: Holly Thompson

The region’s agriculture and putting the spotlight on new attractions will be at the heart of this weekend’s annual Warren District Agricultural Show.

Organisers have gone to great lengths to highlight the cattle, equestrian and giant produce competitions, which Warren Agricultural Society president Aimee Bendotti said was about returning the show to its roots.

“Back in the day, the show was about people bringing their produce and animals for others to see,” she said.

“Agricultural shows: putting the culture back in agriculture.”

Ms Bendotti said the committee was bringing new aspects to the show, such as the giant potato competition, the giant sunflower competition and the wine tent.

“Wine is just as much an industry as any other produce in the region,” she said.

Entertainment at this year’s festival includes a fashion parade, a Scitech Show, log chops, Marisa and Mark De Vattimo, Dig the Dust band and fireworks.

There will also be a series of small farm talks with topics such as perennial pastures, launching farm gate and direct sales and starting bee keeping.

Ms Bendotti said the committee wanted to get young people more involved with the show so there will be plenty for children to enjoy. “This area is so buoyant in agriculture and horticulture and it is important to highlight, recognise and celebrate this,” she said.

“Each year we are planning on featuring a particular produce from the area.”

Ms Bendotti thanked the committee, volunteers and sponsors for all their support.

“Without the dedicated work of the committee, members, volunteers and their families, the show would not exist,” she said.

“A massive thank you to everyone for their constant and continued efforts to get this year’s show organised.”

Visit warrenagsociety.com.au for more information or the full program.

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