Show draws big crowd

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Adam Poulsen

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.

Pic­tures: Jucinda Jose

The veg­etable dis­plays were a hit.

Northamp­ton Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s mas­cot Baa-rt made an ap­pear­ance.

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