It’s Show Off time
Competitions offer something for all
The Great Seymour Show Off is on this weekend, and there is something on offer for the whole family.
The festivities start from 4 pm Friday with the Night Off, an evening that will include music, rides, food, showbags and a spectacular fireworks display to round out the night.
Also on Friday night, the Showing Off Cocktail Party is sure to be a great evening.
Organisers say they want to showcase all of the wonderful food produced in our region, as well as locally-made drinks, and they have a very special night of treats arranged.
The cocktail party begins at 7 pm.
The Great Seymour Show Off will start at 9 am Saturday, and it is everyone’s chance to show off.
All the ‘‘off’’ competitions carry a $50 first prize and a $25 runnerup prize, except the highlyanticipated Great Seymour Cook Off which features a $500 first prize, while the runner-up will take home $200.
Try your luck at the cook off, or maybe the pickle taste off, woof off, lick off, slice off, knit off, square off, grow off, fly off, scoot off or tog off might be more your thing.
Aside from all the ‘‘off’’ competitions, there’s all the usual fun of the show, including yard dog trials, Lego, reptiles, dog high jump, poultry, art and photography.
And of course, there’s sideshow alley, with some of the nation’s best carnival rides and showbags.
‘‘The whole idea of agricultural shows in the beginning was to promote our farming community, but it’s really changed so much over time,’’ Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society vicepresident Gay Lewis said.
‘‘We do it for Seymour and we do it for the farming community, and we want to bring the two together and I think we have the right mix to do that.
‘‘We don’t have a lot of stock any more, like cattle or sheep, so we like doing the value-added attractions like the cook off, and there’s the carnival which people always like, too.
‘‘The driving reason to do the Friday night was to give the carnival two bites at the cherry, so they bring us better rides, and the carnival organisers have just told me today that they have half a dozen brand new rides this year, which have come direct from the Perth Royal Show.
‘‘Last year was the first time we’d held the event on the Friday night, and it went really, really well, but we’re hoping for a bigger night this year.
‘‘This year the pavilion will be open on the Friday night also, so all the baking, arts, crafts, preserves, photography, all those sorts of things will be on show, and all the kids who have entered can come and see how they went.’’
After weather wreaked havoc last year and all horse events were withdrawn, showgoers will be pleased to see the horses back in action this year.
As well as the main show ring, there will be plenty to see on the back oval this year, which will feature the pony club and adult riders.
The show’s motto is ‘‘something for everyone’’ and the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society certainly has that covered.
This year there’s even more to entertain young and old alike, with the Wild Action Zoo headlining the attractions.
The zoo features a host of Australian animals you can get up close and personal with, including a dingo, kookaburra, saltwater crocodile and koala.
There’ll also be Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm, which has plenty of farm fauna for showgoers to cuddle.
For those who like a bit of adrenaline, Whip Industries will be offering that in spades.
The world-class motorbike stunt display offers a high excitement, extreme sports show featuring all sorts of flips and tricks.
● All the action will be at Kings Park, Seymour this weekend.
Gates will open from 4 pm until 9 pm on Friday, while Saturday’s action runs from 9 am until 4 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children, $10 for students and pensioners, and $35 for a family. For more information, visit the website at
Organised: Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society assistant secretary Rachel Trezise and vicepresident Gay Lewis have been at Kings Park this week busily preparing for this weekend’s Great Seymour Show Off. The event will begin on Friday from 4 pm, while Saturday’s main event will kick off at 9 am.