Excitement builds ahead of show

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Albany Agricultural Society's Rose Easton and Carolyn Cockayne.
Camera IconAlbany Agricultural Society's Rose Easton and Carolyn Cockayne. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

It is that time of year when the region’s largest two-day community celebration takes place in the form of the annual Albany Agricultural Show.

This November is the 127th year of the celebration and the second year the new facilities on Cockburn Road have been in use.

Secretary Carolyn Cockayne said the show was a big part of the community and brought in an estimated $2 million each year.

“Each year the show showcases and promotes the agricultural pursuits, endeavours and achievements of the Great Southern community,” she said.

“Last year was a challenge with new grounds just being finished, new pavilions and a completely new layout inside and out.

“This year we have been able to assess and make some improvements.”

The biggest change to this year’s show is that the main entry will be off the Centennial Stadium carpark and lead directly into the Showgrounds.

The new pavilions contain a parenting area, food court and undercover area which will showcase live music.

Some of the highlights of this year’s show include the Nolan Bros Stunt Show, sheep dog trials in the main arena, a full program of equestrian events including dressage, the WA Axemen, and more than 180 exhibitor stalls.

Ms Cockayne said this year would also be the debut of the Ewe to You Challenge, co-ordinated by the CWA Albany and the Albany Spinners and Weavers Group.

“The challenge is based on the international back-to-back competition,” she said.

“A sheep is shorn, the fleece is skirted and then spun by spinners, who process the wool ready for the knitters, who knit a jumper — this will take place in the livestock pavilion.” The show is on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, with fireworks on the Friday at 8pm.

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