Spring show’s pearl an­niver­sary

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

With the first of the re­gion’s fine weather ap­pear­ing briefly this week, Au­gusta res­i­dents are gear­ing up to cel­e­brate the pearl an­niver­sary of the Au­gusta Spring Show.

Hosted at the Cen­ten­nial Hall on All­nutt Ter­race on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, it is the show’s 30th year.

Spring in Au­gusta means the Spring Show and this year vis­i­tors can ex­pect to be wowed by an­other colour­ful and di­verse show.

Show co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Shear­wood said a pearl theme would run through­out the fes­tiv­i­ties. “To think it all started with a let­ter­box drop 30 years ago, and like Topsy, it has just grown,” she told the Times.

“There are still a few of our present-day mem­bers who were part of that orig­i­nal show.

“To­day, we are af­fil­i­ated with the Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety of WA and we have judges from Perth, Bus­sel­ton, Bun­bury and Au­gusta.

“Peo­ple come from all over to visit the show and each year the judges are amazed by the high stan­dard of the en­tries.”

Com­pe­ti­tions in­clude flow­ers, bowls and vases, pot plants, hang­ing bas­kets, flo­ral art, pho­tog­ra­phy, wood­work, met­al­work, arts and crafts, spin­ning and weav­ing, fruit and veg­eta­bles, cook­ing, jams and pre­serves and chil­dren’s cat­e­gories too.

En­tries for the com­pe­ti­tions close this Wed­nes­day and can be handed in to the Au­gusta Newsa- gency at 20¢ each. Food and drink stalls as well as the hall kitchen will be run­ning dur­ing the event, which cul­mi­nates in the Mar­garet River Vet Hos­pi­tal pet show.

Funds raised af­ter costs are do­nated to lo­cal pri­mary schools and the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

En­try is $5 and in­cludes morn­ing or af­ter­noon tea.

Au­gusta Spring Show co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Shear­wood and Au­gusta Gar­den Club pres­i­dent Eileen McDon­ald will wel­come peo­ple next week­end.

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