Pair celebrate Waroona’s long show history

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter
John Salerian and Ross Walmsley reminisce about attending the Waroona Show back in 1937.
Camera IconJohn Salerian and Ross Walmsley reminisce about attending the Waroona Show back in 1937.

With an involvement spanning nine decades, John Salerian and Ross Walmsley are still taking part in the Waroona Show.

Waroona Agricultural Society president Maree Ellis said the society displayed in its office a photo of the attendees of the 1937 show which included both men.

“They were children in that photo and they’re still coming to the show,” she said.

“The Walmsley family and Salerian family have been stalwarts for us really.”

A former agricultural society president and life member, Mr Walmsley has never missed a show in 80 years, often entering cattle in the trade display and his clydesdales for the harnessed horses exhibit.

Mr Walmsley said the arrival of the livestock by train at the show was still one of his fondest memories.

“I used to help them walk the stock to the show grounds,” he said.

Mr Salerian and his wife Val have been patrons of the Waroona Show for many years and he is still involved in the children’s exhibits.

At the age of 10, Mr Salerian took part in the horse events at the show, competing in the flag races, apple and bucket events and the hurry-skurry.

However, at the time Mr Salerian did not know what the hurry-scurry was and got a surprise when he took part.

“It basically was a flat out gallop around the oval, my pony cut through the oval half way and nearly took out all the judges,” he said.

Ms Ellis said with the show dating back to the 1920s, many generations of Waroona families were dedicated attendees.

“It’s a tradition in town – we all look forward to going to the show,” she said.

“We look forward to celebrating our 90 years in a couple years’ time and to getting out there and collecting some more history.”

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