TOP :  In the show ring with cattle for judging Ashley Van Leeuwen from WA College of Agriculture ¨C Cunderdin (right) and another competitor.

MIDDLE: Governor, Dr Ken Michael AC, officially opened the show at noon; Michael Lamond from York acted as strapper for daughter, Indi, during the pony club events at the show.

BOTTOM: Camel rides proved popular for young and not so young at the show.

BUMPER DAY AT BEVERLEY
STARTS OFF SHOW SEASON

Beverley Agricultural Society has kicked off the spring show season in the Avon Valley with a record equalling attendance and increase in the number of attractions at its 132nd Annual Show.

Spokesperson for the organizing committee, Fleta Redding, said the number of stalls and rides were up on last year¡¯s impressive numbers.

A total of 2,500 people had passed through the gates. People were surveyed as they entered to find out how they knew the show was on to help fine tune the Society¡¯s advertising of future shows, she said.

The Society had focused on provision of free rides and other attractions to get young people from toddlers to teenagers along and it was paying off. The magic show on the stage and camel rides had been very successful, Fleta said.

In addition the cattle section and junior judging were popular along with the show jumping and pony club events. The ¡®Beaut Ute¡¯ judging had attracted 75 utes to the ground and provided a colourful display, she said.

Popular attractions were the displays of vintage cars, motorbikes and stationary engines. Shearing displays every half hour in the tent with the wool competition added interest.

In the pavilion there was good support for the needlework, photography, cooking and various other sections. The poultry competition and sheep display were also well supported, Fleta said.

Other attractions included the horse versus human relay, tug of war, helicopter rides, gliding demonstration, performances by the Coastal Pipe Band, followed by the band, 43 Cambridge¡¯ and the fireworks display capped off the day, she said.

Guest of honour for the official opening was the Governor, Dr Ken Michael AC. In his address, Dr Michael congratulated the committee and the community for its contribution to agriculture and various other pursuits at a regional and state level. He also praised Beverley district¡¯s growth despite the constraints of climate and economics.

Lindsay McNeill

TOP: Vintage cars were a drawcard for many spectators.

MIDDLE: The working demonstration of fully restored vintage engines fascinated some at the show.

BOTTOM:  Judging of a pony club event underway.