Woolorama showgrounds, occupying about 25 hectares, takes a bit of energy and stamina to negotiate and see everything.
The show offers lots of entertainment, educational displays and commercial sites.
Six gophers and four wheelchairs are available for hire. Administered from the trade fair office, the equipment will be made available in four hour blocks of time, at a charge of $30 per hour, plus a $100 deposit.
To book some wheels, phone Helen on 9861 2242. The pick-up and return point is “Admin Central”, the offices of Woolorama, as indicated on the site map.
Picture: Don’t miss seeing all the attractions of a day at Wagin Woolorama.
Message of Welcome from the Woolorama President.
I invite all patrons to come and enjoy the many facets of this year’s event,
from entertainment, to great displays of the machinery exhibitors, and to the other extreme, the many stall holders in the markets, and of course all that comes in between. Should you still be on the grounds at 5.00pm on the Saturday you can witness an action-packed Rodeo.
The season just passed had the potential to be one of the very best,
even though grain prices were dismal, what might have been very good yields, was turned to average or below by the many frost events that were
experienced. Conversely the wool and meat markets have been very strong and production levels good, there will certainly be interest in both merino and terminal sires this coming season.
Co-operative Bulk Handling went through a process of self-examination
and found that two thirds of its members were in favour of a non- distributing co-operative. One thing that is beyond doubt is that should C.B.H. have been corporatized it would have been cherry ripe for a takeover by a foreign owned multinational company. ln companies such as these the shareholders take precedence, which means that profits as well as the grain would be exported.
Finally, l wish all exhibitors a pleasant and beneficial Make Smoking
History Woolorama and we welcome patrons from far and wide to come along and enjoy the experience.
13 Feb 2017
GOOD COUNTRY COOKS AND CRAFTMAKERS
Head steward of the Cookery Section, Barb Cumming, has introduced a new class to Wagin Woolorama 2017.
It is "Decorated Cake - Local Award" and will get Wagin’s competent cooks vying to win the inaugural certificate and prize money.
For the past four or five years CWA ladies have judged this section. This year two new judges who are not CWA members but have had previous judging experience have been appointed to judge the cakes, loaves, biscuits, breads, scones, slices and sponges.
The cookery exhibits are a popular display especially for the ladies and an integral part of most country shows. Entries come from at least 15 good cooks, some entering multiple classes.
Barb enjoys being involved as a volunteer, being involved in the community and contributing to an event like Woolorama.
Also giving time as a volunteer as a first time head steward is Michelle Patterson who will manage the Jams and Preserves Section. The classes are unaltered from previous years. Intending to simplify, Michelle considers all classes should be retained.
Lee Delaney from Perth will officiate as judge, volunteering her time and delighted to be part of Woolorama. Entries in the past have diminished despite the frenzy of stone fruit jam making in the district during summer. It’s fun to enter as it gives a different perspective on the show.
“I think this section of Woolorama is important because it encapsulates the lifestyle of country wives from times gone by to the present day. Do your remember hating homemade jam as a youngster and now preferring it over all others? This is especially true for city folk who will pay ‘much more’ for the true home made,” commented Michelle.
She considers the entire Craft Section is a "must see" as it showcases the passions and interests of country folk – home-grown, homemade, home interests, home-proud, supporting different organisations in the community and to experience what rural living is all about.
Along with all the crafts like woodwork, metalwork, sewing and scrapbookings, the cookery and preserves can be found in the Eric Farrow Pavilion.
Picture: Two of Woolorama’s new head stewards, Robyn Webster (Craftwork and One Person’s Work) and Michelle Patterson (Jams and Preserves).
KALEIDESCOPE QUILTS TO ADMIRE
Experienced judges from Albany, both quilters themselves, will deliberate over entries in the patchwork and quilting section of Wagin’s 2017 show.
Together they run a long arm quilting business and have seen many, many quilts over the years. Quilts are expected to come from wide areas of the Great Southern.
Head steward, Lyn Pike, has a passion to showcase the incredible diversity of styles and types of patchwork, and to show how the use of colour has such an impact on the finished product. She is hopeful that there will be several examples of “Block of the Month” projects where the pattern is identical but the chosen colours give a totally different feel to the quilts.
Some quilts are made following a pattern closely, while others are more artistically original in design. The type of quilting chosen can greatly enhance the finished product as a part of the overall design as well as the purely functional aspect of securely holding together the three layers of the quilt so it can safely survive the wear and tear of daily use plus washing.
For new nanna Lyn, the display of quilts reveals an incredible demonstration of patience and persistence. The care that goes into pattern and colour selection, as well as the actual construction process, which can take months, reveals the love of the creator of the quilt for the recipient. Put simply, a quilt is something you make to keep someone you love warm. Very few people are prepared to pay sufficient for a quilt to even cover the material costs, let alone months of work. Quilts truly are a labour of love, and as you will see, that love is tangible!
The quilts are judged, to reward excellence, but every completed project is a winner in my eyes. Technical excellence is something to strive for, but the reward of making something of special significance, to remember an event, or a favoured topic or colour or replicate a child’s design for example, makes a quilt absolutely unique and precious.
The topic for the theme quilt is a kaleidoscope. This can be done in numerous ways and gives a different perspective on the designs in fabrics selected for construction.
Quilting has been around for centuries. Originally they were made using recycled fabrics. Today we have an incredible diversity of materials to choose from, including very bold and bright prints, plain colours, Bali prints, pastels and florals. Some folk sew at home on their own, but more commonly a large part of the process is done in groups where ideas and hints are shared, and relationships and community are built at the same time.
FASHION AT THE SHOW
The 2017 Wagin Woolorama Fashion Parade promises to showcase yet another exciting range of boutique clothing for both men and women of all ages.
Teaming up with Bourne Events Modelling agency, both male and female models will take to the catwalk, presenting 11 entertaining and high class fashion shows.
As in previous years, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is partnering with Wagin Woolorama to present the latest wool, ready to wear fashion from labels including MJ Bale, Country Road, Sportscraft, Saba, Kookai. They will also be showcasing athleisure wear from Jaggad, MacPac and Kathmandu. Australian Wool Innovation is a major sponsor of the Wagin Woolorama and it’s always exciting to see their new range of clothes.
Alongside AWI, it is a treat to continue partnering with J'Me Boutique for female casual wear and Goldilocks Boutique who will again showcase their much loved ball gown and cocktail attire. This has been a lovely reintroduction in to the show in recent years and is a very popular with the crowds. We will also be including swim wear, another crowd favourite, to showcase the latest in that field.
We are pleased to announce the partnership of Williams Woolshed, Williams, and Sand and Salt, Lake Grace, to this year’s parade – promoting regional clothing businesses from the Great Southern. As a small country town we know how important it is to promote and support local businesses and so are excited to have these companies participating.
It is always exciting to see the range of clothes that come to the Woolorama every year, as they are fresh new designs that have just entered stores, so be sure not to miss out on this year’s sneak peek into all the upcoming fashions.
To showcase local talent, the Australian Apex Teen Fashion Awards participants from Wagin District High School will again model their creations for everyone's enjoyment. This has been an exciting addition to the program that encourages rising talent in the fashion field. They will be involved both Friday and Saturday. Please see the official Woolorama program for these and the Fashion Parade times. Hope to see you all there!
WAGIN TO PHNOM PENH
What started more than a decade ago in a small way on the outskirts of Perth has grown to be an enthusiastic work to benefit disadvantaged children, poor students and elderly women in Cambodia.
Now in its 12th year the charity, Stitches of Hope, raises funds to cover the school and university fees for more than 30 young people in Phnom Penh. In a rural province over 80 students are given supplementary education in English, health and hygiene. Fluency in English greatly increases their employment prospects.
As the name suggests, Stitches of Hope also teaches sewing skills to young adults and provides them with dignified employment, enabling them to become self-sufficient and care for their families in a sustainable way. Overall, 11 Khmer staff are employed to facilitate what is essentially Australians who “love thy neighbour”.
A team of dedicated volunteers who share the vision to empower some of the world’s poorest people, provide meals in the dining room, clean tables in the two food courts, vacuum the Home and Lifestyle aisles and thoroughly clean the grounds after the Rodeo. The work is hard and dirty, yet done cheerfully knowing it will make a difference in another corner of the world. It’s hard for us to appreciate just how poor the poor are.
Charity director, Kay Eva, thanked everyone who gave to last year’s win-win project. Sleeping bags were made by workers in Cambodia, shipped free of charge to Perth and distributed to Perth’s homeless. 500 sleeping bags were made, caring Australians paid $40 per bag, and they were distributed in Perth, Fremantle, Albany, Mandurah, Esperance and Northam to keep out the chill of a winter’s night on the streets.
Kay’s goal for 2017 is to provide the children with the educational supplies they need to attend school. The ministry of Social Affairs in Cambodia does regular checks to ensure the children have adequate supplies of educational, personal care, sporting and musical equipment. Kay, hopeful for big things this year, appreciates the opportunity to come to Wagin and be a part of the amazing community initiative called Woolorama.
Picture: Some of those who live in Stitches of Hope Children’s Home in Phnom Penh. With funds raised at this year’s Wagin Woolorama library books, vegetable seeds, sporting equipment and musical instruments will be purchased
UTES – IT’S JUST AUSTRALIAN TO HAVE A UTE!
“I am excited to announce the new section of ‘Best Country Ute’ for ute enthusiasts to enter at Wagin’s 2017 annual show.
Due to the large amount of country and bns utes that attended last year I wanted to expand our classes,” says head steward Scott Bolt.
“Last year, 45 utes were entered in the competition, with a few coming all the way from Esperance and Albany. This year there will be nine classes for the judges, all ute enthusiasts who share a passion for the car industry, to consider. All my judges volunteer their time so between me and the judges there's about eight of us giving our time.”
Scott admitted he developed a passion for utes at a young age and went through his own journey of developing a bond with his ute and turning it into his child good dream.
He considers the utes are a great display of a person’s country spirit and the things that are important to the owner. “There's nothing more exciting than the rev of an engine and flap of the flags as the utes parade around the oval.”
Ute devotees will need to be alert to the change of location, from the oval to the 600s area on the showgrounds, for the utes this year. The utes congregate on the Saturday only and will be in more good company, alongside the classic car display.
Wagin Historical Village is an award-winning social history museum and a must-see on everyone’s visit to Wagin’s premier event.
Focused on what life in Wagin was like at the turn of twentieth century, the village is home to many original and replica buildings. Interactive displays sharpen the experience for the young and provide a nostalgic link to the past for older visitors.
The housing is charming, the school an eye-opener, the commercial centre quaint, the fire engine a “big toy”, the bank tiny, the printing press huge, the chapel sweet and the post office reminiscent of the days of service. A little railway station is under construction.
Set in attractive gardens, the village boasts sheds full of farming machinery for the horse-days and early motorised period. Samples of clothing and household wares are found throughout the complex.
About 30 volunteers keep the village maintained and open to the public for 363 days of the year. Free entry over the two days of the show makes the village a sentimental extension allowing visitors to enjoy the charm and grace (and hard toil!) of a bygone era. Morning and afternoon teas will be served in the tea house at the village during the annual autumn show.
More information: Historical Village president Neil Vagg 9861 1641.
A tidal wave of people leaves Wagin’s showground at about 4:30 on the Saturday to make their way to the rodeo arena on the north side.
An estimated 4000 spectators enjoyed the 2016 rodeo finale to the town’s biggest event.
112 entrants, with 208 entries, in 2016 make Wagin Woolorama’s rodeo a very competitive event. A new class, novice barrel racing had 29 horsemen enter. 83 juniors entered the morning “slack” which encourages younger competitors.
A crowd pleaser, the rodeo is fast paced action with rough stock and timed events alternating from different ends of the arena. The entertainment value is high. The stock are presented in excellent condition, the compere holds it all together and the last ride is at about 7.30pm
Although coordinated by Arthur Pederick and a small sub-committee, competent staff capably run the event for Woolorama. With about $10,000 being paid out in prize money, the organisers appreciate the two major sponsors, Unigrain and Spurry’s Transport.
This year National Rodeo Queen Bessie Smits, 22, will participate in the Grand Entry. Bessie calls Cloncurry, Queensland, home, where she is studying an Advanced Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Make-up with the hopes of establishing an at-home beauty business. Part of Bessie’s national queen award includes coming to Wagin for Woolorama and a trip to Calgary Stampede in Canada.
Bessie, passionate for the sport, has been around rodeos since she was a child, working with her late father with the roping stock, rough stock and doing sponsorship flag bearing. She only recently began competing in barrel racing and has begun training a young horse for breakaway roping.
She appreciates the networking available to her in rodeo, the National Rodeo Committee’s support, the personal development opportunities and having loads of fun in the process.
There are food vans, a bar and live music by the band Masterplan until midnight for the after-rodeo party. Wagin’s Football Club proficiently manages the bar. The Woolorama Committee does not charge for camping overnight to encourage responsible attitudes to road safety.
Rodeo has a growing popularity around Australia with devotees travelling across the nation to attempt to sit on a bull for 8 seconds or beat the clock in barrel racing and other timed events.
Picture: For your archives, or Bessie Smits, National Rodeo Queen, attached.
ENTERTAINMENT, GATE ENTRY, PARKING AND GATE CONCESSION
The entertainment lined up for Woolorama patrons has something to appeal to everyone.
Options are to head for side-show-alley, the animal nursery, or the markets. There is roving entertainment as well as a men’s choir (two performances on Saturday), hourly fashion parades, muffin cooking demos for the kids, camel rides and Clydesdale horse rides. Roving musicians will delight and the Historical Village is open (no charge) all day.
The Entertainment timetable for the 2017 Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama is included in this Program Guide.
Gate entry is $20 per adult, $5 for school age children, $40 for a family (2 adults with 2 children), $10 for age pension card holders. In partnership with the Companion Card Program, Woolorama offers two-for-one entry for Companion Card holders.
Wagin Woolorama is affiliated with the Companion Card Program
An initiative of the National Disability Services, the Companion Card promotes the rights of people with a disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at events and venues. Wagin Woolorama is pleased to welcome all people, regardless of ability, allowing the companion card holder to enter free of charge.
For more information follow the link:
Wristbands to gain entry to the Rodeo are available for purchase from the Information Tent on both Friday and Saturday (before 4.30pm) of the show.
The parking paddock, Clancy’s Overflow, is on the west side of the showgrounds. Parking is $5 per vehicle, which volunteers from Wagin Youth Centre are authorised to collect.
Picture: Lots of equestrian activity at Woolorama, an event sponsored by Healthway.
POULTRY AND POLITICIANS
Just inside the main entrance gate (West Gate No. 2) you’ll find poultry and politicians on Kitchener Street.
If you are a visitor and approach the showgrounds from Ag Society’s parking paddock, go through the entry gate, past the sheep dog trials and you’re there.
The State election and Wagin Woolorama share in common Saturday 11th March 2017. Show patrons can have every confidence that they will be able to cast their vote at the showgrounds.
Early Polling will be available at the show, with the polling place open on both Friday and Saturday. Polls will open from 8.30 on Friday and 8am on Saturday, both days closing at to 6pm.
Not surprisingly, it has not been difficult to rent ground space to the political parties, especially in the vicinity of Gate 2. As at any polling place, there is an exclusion zone of 10 metres from the footpath to the entry to the polling place which will be utilised.
Preparations have been thorough and the Wagin show committee anticipates no difficulties with the need for show patrons to cast their vote during Woolorama. The WA Electoral Commission has sufficient staff to manage the numbers of people who will be casting absentee votes.
A full height wall has been put in place to more adequately seal the poultry exhibits from voters. A working bee has been held to construct trestles to place the bird cages on, considered preferable to the straw bales used in previous years.
Poultry head steward, Keven Nordstrom, who has worked with a lot of show committees finds Woolorama’s committee the most progressive and the most professional. He appreciates all the support he gets for his section and the willingness of volunteers to help in construction. He thinks the reason for the success of the poultry section is the prize money offered and the appointment of interstate judges.
The poultry judge for 2017 will be Mr Mal McDougall of Bundaberg, Queensland. The birds are judged on their conformity to type, their condition and colour. It’s expected that 340 birds will be entered in the 49 poultry classes. The competition invites producers of eggs to exhibit too.
Ten or twelve people volunteer their time to ensure the poultry section is successful and that the birds are well cared for. The section, now in its fifth year, has increased enthusiasm amongst local poultry owners and sparked interest in breeding and showing.
Picture: Head steward of the poultry section, Keven Nordstrom, with Joe O’Brien, the new head steward of the work sheep dogs. Joe, new to Wagin from Mt Maqnet, is a poultry breeder making his own political statement.
HORSE WHISPERER SANDI
Horse lovers will have more reasons to enjoy their visit to Wagin annual show in March
Renowned horse trainer and international presenter, Sandi Simons will be doing demonstrations and presentations on both days of Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama. From her home in Geelong, Sandi is not only a proficient rider but a teacher of better relationship and better management between horse and rider.
After her own battle with self-doubt and defeat, Sandi has found a way through and welcomes the opportunity to encourage others who have lost their confidence. In her quest to help and support people wanting to ride, Sandi will give demonstrations and answer questions from the audience and spectators.
An area on the north side of the oval has been allocated to these demonstrations, which will include confidence, float loading and dressage finesse. “Understanding confidence issues around horses” will be the title of the address Sandi will give on both Friday and Saturday from the Wool Pavilion catwalk. Check the entertainment program for times.
No matter what discipline riders prefer, what age or experience they have, Sandi has something to offer to make riding more enjoyable, easier and more fulfilling. With her husband, she developed a training program suitable for women who have lost their confidence near horses by teaching skills and techniques. Together they studied with some of the world’s foremost trainers in the USA.
West Coast Cowgirls is a group of girls who under Sandi’s tutelage, have learnt trick riding. They will demonstrate obedience, flexibility and balance. Not owning a horse will not limit show patrons’ enjoyment of the horse and rider relationship. Put the details in your diary and plan to make this a facet of Woolorama 2017 that you don’t want to miss.
WHAT A DRONE CAN DO
New generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) are creating solutions in agriculture to age old challenges.
New generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) are creating solutions in agriculture to age old challenges. The growing of crops and livestock has always required a trained eye in the field paired with a solid understanding of soils and climate to be ready to act on any unplanned issues causing stress such as disease or nutrient deficiencies. Whilst early developments of fixed cameras were a step forward in mapping single plants, commercial agriculture continued to operate on vast areas with the responsibility of millions of dollars in resources across: Land, Water infrastructure, Crops, Livestock, and Environmental areas.
All of these resources can be monitored using drones fitted with purpose built sensors. A standard camera to collect either flight video or high quality still photos of points of interest is the starting point of monitoring. Capturing imagery at key times of crop emergence, tilling and flowering can assist a farmer to more accurately monitor crop density, health and to predict the variability in yield from any set of plantings.
Any one field, even the most even looking field from the side often shows significant variance when viewed from above. Standard digital cameras known as RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) paired with the right software can provide accurate information on features not visible by the human eye. These features can include biomass, nitrogen variance and early stage disease infection.
Monitoring livestock in their grazing environment often requires accessing rugged, hard to access areas. Drones provide a new solution to firstly quickly covering these areas without the costs or risks involved in ground based monitoring, secondly aerial monitoring provides imagery of livestock in their natural state where we can observe their grazing, social and movement behavior to better understand and manage animal production.
Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama is pleased to welcome Brad Watts who will be speaking about and demonstrating what drones can do. Catch up with Brad at the pedestrian gate (off Ballagin Street) or during presentations he’ll make from the stage in the wool pavilion
Brad Watts and his drones will be at Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama 2017. Brad will give demonstrations and talk about the application of drones to agriculture. More details will be available in Woolorama’s Official Program.
COMPETITIONS NEED JUDGES
3000 entries will be received by Woolorama ’ s staff over the next few weeks, all entrants wrapping up their hopes in their livestock, craft , works of art and abilities.
3000 entries will be received by Woolorama’s staff over the next few weeks, all entrants wrapping up their hopes in their livestock, craft, works of art and abilities.
Administered by 42 head stewards, the entries will be presented before 90 judges for their expert opinion. Some exhibitors will go home pleased while others will resolve to come back next year with more knowledge, skill and improved presentation.
One veteran of shows distances himself from disappointment by maintaining the view that it is after all just the judge’s opinion on the day. Even so, there is merit for all producers, whether it be craft, aptitude or livestock seeing their own entries alongside others. It’s possible to think that your animal at home in the paddock is bigger and better than the one exhibited, however there’s no place to hide in the reality of close comparison.
Sharing their expert views and making hundreds of choices will be judges considered by their peers to be sound in their knowledge of what is the standard of perfection being aimed for.
From South Australia and New South Wales will come two judges for the Merino and Poll Merino Sheep – Jim Vandeleur and Andrew Rayner. The cattle section invites two interstate judges too, their names not being released until he walks into the judging ring. Both will fly in from South Australia. A fifth interstate judge will make over 300 assessments of poultry, waterfowl, geese, turkeys and eggs. His name is Mal McDougall and comes from Bundaberg, Queensland.
Other judges are sourced locally or from around the state. Sponsors make the presentation of significant prizes or rewards possible that works for the benefit of their companies, the successful entrant and the attractiveness of the event.
Picture: A cattle judge from a previous Woolorama having to make a hard decision.
POLARIS RETURN TO COMMONWEALTH BANK EXPO
2017 Commonwealth Bank Cattle Expo to be held at Wagin Woolorama will welcome back Polaris as a major sponsor.
2017 Commonwealth Bank Cattle Expo to be held at Wagin Woolorama will welcome back Polaris as a major sponsor. This coupled with the Commonwealth Bank’s long term support has elevated the expo to one of W.A.'s leading cattle events on the show calendar for stud cattle.
Polaris will this year supply a new P2000I Generator valued at $1690 to the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Prime Yearling Beef. This event attracts exhibitors from all South West agricultural regions of WA. Prime finished yearlings from 360kg - 550kg are judged on Friday morning and auctioned at 3pm by livestock agent Elders. One long term exhibitor in this class has been John Barber and Lone Chorley from Manjimup. "We thoroughly enjoy coming to Woolorama" John said "The atmosphere at the expo is great and the competition is of a very high standard. The facilities for both exhibitors and cattle are excellent. It is well run with a friendly rivalry among likeminded cattle men and is well supported by sponsors".
Polaris has sponsored this event in earlier years when John and Lorna have been the winners. John and Lorna are also sponsors themselves to the expo. Commercial cattle are also strongly supported by Rogue Bull, Lake Preston Lime, Produce Link, Swans Veterinary Services and Universal Feeders.
Judging of the led cattle commences at 9.30am on Friday March 10th. All breeds will be judged to select the Commonwealth Bank Supreme Exhibit. The group classes will follow with the Zoetis Pair of Bulls, followed by the Zoetis Pair of Females. The Virbac Sire Progeny Group of Three will follow the pairs.
The Primaries Interschool Heifer Challenge attracts wide support from agricultural schools across the state where students get to exhibit their best young females.
The Rogue Bull Unled Heifer Pairs is also a class attracting strong support where some of the states finest breeding pairs will be on display. Saturday mornings events includes Junior Judging and Parading sponsored by the Roof and Wall Doctor, followed by presentations at 12noon.
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Message of Welcome from the Woolorama President.