WA's largest regional agricultural show
Over 350 commercial exhibitors; over 1000 sheep, cattle, horses and chooks in competition; working sheep dogs; hourly fashion parades; art, photography and crafts in competition; education options; side shows; free entertainment; lifestyle displays; woolhandling and shearing competitions; markets; current and future rural industry products and services; travel products; smoke free environment; indoor and outdoor displays; 20,000 visitors; massive local community effort; family friendly;
THE PLACE TO BE!
POULTRY ON THE RISE
Today’s scorching heat kept most people indoors.
Today’s scorching heat kept most people indoors. But a few, perhaps with more dedication and sense, took themselves along to the fourth working bee, to bend sheet metal, twist wire and pop rivet cages together.
Starting in the cool of the morning, they made good progress towards completing the 100 new poultry cages for the Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama’s March show.
This brings the Society’s quota of cages to 300. A good all-round poultry judge can judge 300 birds in a day, hence the magical number.
While only in its fourth year in recent history, the response from the exhibitors and interest from the public in the poultry competition has vastly exceeded the Committee’s expectations.
The numbers of birds exhibited has grown from 127 in 2013, to 157 in 2014, to 230 last year, much to the delight of head steward Keven Nordstrom, himself a breeder and judge.
One measure of the growth of interest in feathered friends has been the number of local people who have started breeding poultry as a result. They have caught the enthusiasm for breeding, of more than just a few chooks in the backyard, but of show birds.
Mr Nordstrom said he was buoyed along by the Committee’s “Can do” attitude. Likewise, the Committee harnesses Mr Nordstrom’s passion and has added another attraction to the event for patrons’ enjoyment.
There is an extraordinary camaraderie enjoyed by volunteers who look beyond themselves and engage in activities for the greater good.
Building their own cages eliminates the need for the Society to borrow from other sources.
The judge of the entries at the show will be Mr Reg Thompson from Nanango, Queensland, who will preside over 35 classes of poultry (hens, game birds, turkeys, ducks, geese and bantams) and seven classes of eggs.
The labourers and the product: another 100 cages made for Woolorama’s poultry competition, thanks to these and other volunteers.
POULTRY ON THE RISE