SHOW THRILLS

Blus­tery con­di­tions did not de­ter thou­sands of peo­ple from at­tend­ing the 126th Katan­ning Agri­cul­tural Show last week­end.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Sjanna San­dalova

De­spite wind gusts of up to 68km/h, the 126th Katan­ning Agri­cul­tural Show did not fail to live up to tra­di­tion.

From a show­case of the re­gion’s top notch lo­cal pro­duce, to fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties and events, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

Show pres­i­dent Leisha Wood said she was sur­prised with a turnout of roughly 6000 peo­ple.

“Given the weather, we were ex­pect­ing the num­bers to be down, but they weren’t and we were pleas­antly sur­prised — I think the free en­try re­ally helped in that re­gard,” she said.

“The crowds were re­ally well spread out across the en­tire venue. The cook­ing show was pop­u­lar as well as the rides.”

All shows and at­trac­tions were well sup­ported, how­ever be­cause of a Par­vovirus out­break, the dog show had to be can­celled.

“Due to the out­break of parvo, we couldn’t get enough en­trants un­for­tu­nately,” Mrs Wood said.

“But that didn’t seem to de­ter any­body — the Katan­ning sheers went off re­ally well and the swag and wag pet pa­rade was also a hit.”

Ru­mours of the fire­works also be­ing can­celled were over­turned as the wind dropped just in time to fin­ish the night off with a bang.

The Katan­ning shear­ing and wool-han­dling com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­tures: Sjanna San­dalova

Kevin New­man and Mike Hob­ley from Katan­ning Ro­tary Club.

Michael with Tuxedo the sheep from Woodanilling.

Chil­dren en­joyed feed­ing the farm an­i­mals.

Aron Bur­nett, Ben­jamin Wat­son and Jo Steel were on hand to teach chil­dren the im­por­tance of emer­gency ser­vices.

A num­ber of fun rides were set up dur­ing the day.

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