It’s Show Off time

Com­pe­ti­tions of­fer some­thing for all

Seymour Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali­son O’Con­nor www.sey­

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.

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