The 92nd Waroona Agricultural Show returns for 2023 to take over the local showgrounds

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Waroona Agricultural Society president Nick McLarty with Jo Melville at a past show.
Camera IconWaroona Agricultural Society president Nick McLarty with Jo Melville at a past show. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

After nearly a year of waiting, the Waroona Show is back.

The local showgrounds will be buzzing on Saturday as thousands of locals and visitors flock to the 92nd Waroona Agricultural Show.

It’s set to be another year of non-stop action as the rural showcase meets a smorgasbord of entertainment.

Waroona Agricultural Society president Nick McLarty said the group were looking forward to this year’s show.

“We are always excited and we have a fantastic team as always,” he said.

Preparations for the show started more than a year in advance, with the show committee and volunteers working hard over recent weeks to get the showgrounds ready for this year’s event.”

Mr McLarty said it was a major commitment from the community to put it together.

“We have got some 60 people in our committee and everyone has their own roles, and then there are some 150 to 200 volunteers on the day,” he said.

Their work is set to pay off on Saturday, with plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

For the young and young at heart, there will be a petting zoo, funland section and an extended sideshow alley thanks to help from Charles Hull Contracting. Interactive farm displays will also be on offer to give curious city kids a taste of country life.

Those looking for a more traditional agricultural show experience will be able to view stud and trade cattle, visit the poultry display and watch the log chops.

Showgoers can enjoy the equestrian events, study the many machinery displays or wander around to see the different arts and crafts on show.

A quiet zone will return for a second year for those who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

Mr McLarty said there would be plenty for showgoers to do.

“I think we worked out you can spend about five hours on the free activities going around without crossing over again,” he said.

While some showgoers will be aiming for the showbags, rides and food, Mr McLarty said the show had not forgotten its roots.

“One thing we strongly emphasise in Waroona is that we keep the agricultural side of things there,” he said.

“We have a massive focus on making sure (the rural sections) are looked after.”

Another strong focus is the mental wellbeing of farmers in the region, with Mr McLarty noting the benefits the show provided.

“We have created an environment up there for farmers, and it makes everyone stop for a few hours and catch up,” he said.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and pensioners, with kids aged under five free.

For more information, visit waroonashow.com.au

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