Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

The gates may open to the pub­lic from 8am, but most peo­ple have been look­ing for­ward to this year’s Wa­roona Show since the last fire­work turned to smoke last year.

More than 15,000 peo­ple at­tended last year’s show and or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing crowds could reach 20,000 peo­ple for the 88th an­nual event this year.

The Far­ri­ers WA State com­pe­ti­tion is the first event to start, be­gin­ning at 8am.

All the tra­di­tional show favourites will be ex­hib­ited through­out the halls, with the judg­ing of the beef and poul­try get­ting un­der way at 9am.

Chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties such as sand art and gi­ant chess are free all day on the oval, while par­ents will be able to find a va­ri­ety of wine and cheese provi­dores in the Walm­s­ley Pavil­ion.

Al­ways favourites at the show, the log chop gets un­der way at 10am and the Ray­well Con­tract­ing Tug Rope War Com­pe­ti­tion at 4.30pm.

For some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, the show will hold a gum­boot-throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion at 5pm on the main oval. Over on the main stage, St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School choir will be per­form­ing from 9am, fol­lowed by lo­cal mu­si­cian Sil­vio Romeo and Top Jazz Bal­let.

At 11.45am, the Wild Wings Bush Fairy Magic Show will kick off for the younger ones be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing at 1pm.

Lee McLarty will of­fi­cially open the show at 1pm in recog­ni­tion of the fam­ily’s long-term in­volve­ment in the Wa­roona com­mu­nity.

The Wa­roona Show will wel­come back Perth band Ten Grand Tourist, who will play sets be­fore the show goes off with a bang.

The Bill Wyl­lie Me­mo­rial Fire­works blast off into the night sky from 8.30pm

Pic­tures: David Charlesworth

Chloe Gee, of Man­durah, and her horse Tia com­pete in the breed sec­tion of last year’s Wa­roona Show.

Team Charles Hull Con­struc­tion, Glen Keat­ing, Trevor Nepia, Sam Hull and Luke Nepia heave for their sec­ond win in the Tug Rope War com­pe­ti­tion.

Ariyah, 3, and Bri­alla Fitz­patrick, 6, of Pin­jarra, en­joy the fer­ris wheel at last year’s show.

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