Show draws big crowd
The 100th annual Northampton District Agricultural Show drew record numbers last weekend, with perfect weather complementing one of the most successful shows in the event’s history.
Northampton Agricultural Society president Leigh Nairn said more than 2500 adults came through the gates, with children admitted free.
“It was definitely one of the best shows ever — at one stage we had cars backed up pretty much all the way to the hospital,” he said.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer, including old favourites show jumping and wood chopping, along with newer instalments such as a homemade billycart race and a past fashions parade.
Another top attraction was a performance by WA singer-songwriter Chelsea Basham, the Foxtel 2017 Country Music Channel Female Australian Artist of the Year Award winner.
The exhibition hall was as popular as ever, with a huge pool of entrants in a wide variety of competitions.
J. and A. O’Brien won the Agricultural Society’s silver cup for the highest aggregate points in all sections of the show, with G. and J. Armstrong second.
Emily Broadhurst took out the W.M. Suckling Memorial Silver Cup for highest aggregate points in all pavilion sections, followed by runner-up Chloe Henville.
Mrs Broadhurst also claimed the Northampton Family Store Trophy for highest aggregate points in the baking section, and the Judith Bridgeman Trophy for highest points in cooking for an exhibitor aged under 25.
Sheryle Hicks took the W.R.J. Patrick Memorial Prize for highest aggregate points in vegetables, fruit and home produce. J. & A. O’Brien also won the
Geraldton Guardian Trophy for highest aggregate points in the poultry section.
Walkindyer Poll Merino Stud won the Northampton Stud Breeders Perpetual Cup for highest aggregate points in the sheep section. Kevin Beckman won the Northampton Family Store Trophy for best collection of vegetables, while Kevin Chisholm claimed the Glenys Teakle Memorial Trophy for highest aggregate points in the fruit section.
D. G. Nairn won the Garry Haines Prize for highest aggregate points in the wool section.
Oliver Ayers won the L.A. Logan Perpetual Cup for highest aggregate points in grain and fodder.
Glenda Johnson won the S.W. Bridgeman Memorial Trophy for highest aggregate points in all flower sections and also bagged the Iris Bridgeman Trophy for highest aggregate points in cut flowers.
Joan Teakle won the R.W. & E.M. Taylor Trophy for highest aggregate points in table floral art.
The vegetable displays were a hit.
Northampton Agricultural Society’s mascot Baa-rt made an appearance.