Arthur and Wendy Pederick a combined 104 years of service

As Arthur and Wendy Pederick put down their Wagin Woolorama batons, they believe that the success of Woolorama is far greater than the Sum of its Parts.

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Diana Blacklock, Media
Ph: 0421 631 632, E: media@woolorama.com.au
 

Arthur and Wendy Pederick involvement in organising the Wagin Woolorama has a combination of 104 years, Arthur as a volunteer for 58 years and Wendy an exhibitor and paid staff member for 46 years.  Arthur started back in 1960 when it was the Wagin Agricultural Society Show before becoming the Wagin Woolorama in 1972. He said although a lot has changed since then, the generosity and community spirit that makes it work is still alive and well, “it’s the skills of the farmers and volunteers that come together that multiplies many times over and gets the job done”. He started as a junior farmer when Junior Farmers was a thriving organisation supporting young people in the country and giving city youth a rural living experience; to then to become a life member of Wagin Agricultural Society in 2003.  He has had many roles during his 50+ years including Judging, Head Steward of British Breeds, Ground Controller, President and more recently the Head Steward, along with Jo Kestel, Elaine Jeffs, Peter Spurr, Hayley Hall, Bronwyn Hill, Lyn Lucas of the Wagin Woolorama Rodeo committee, recently winning the 2018 Committee of the year presented by the Australian Bushman’s Camp-draft and Rodeo Association WA (ABCRA). The first Wagin Woolorama Rodeo was held in 2009 attracting a whopping 1,500 people to 4,000 in 2017, a great testament to the continuing success of the event and those who organise it. During his time as the Woolorama President from 1985 to 1987 Woolorama, during this time the highest attendance to date at 32,000 people was recorded. However, his most satisfying and rewarding work was being an integral part of the decision-making process on the committee for more than 50 years consecutively and seeing the ongoing development of infrastructure by the farming community.   Additional to his volunteering he was also very successful showing his Corriedale Sheep at both the Perth Royal Show and the Wagin Woolorama with numerous Grand Champions and 30+ Supreme Champions and his family stud won the 6 times winner of Perth Royal Show Governor’s Cup being the most successful exhibitor in the four Livestock Sections.  
In true partnership his wife Wendy immersed herself in the event since they first married in 1972 until 2017, as both a staff member, exhibitor and commercial trader.  Her roles have included Head Steward for Jams and Preserves (15yrs), livestock & commercial exhibitor (28yrs), Trade Fair Secretary, General Secretary and Media Officer (17yrs), some of her more major contributions have included securing $250,000 funding over 7 years through grants, as well as developing the Standard Operating Procedures that are still in place today.  The most significant highlights for her during the years was working with the dedicated volunteers.  She also recalls the time when she was invited to fly over the showgrounds during the show for a birds eye view, she said the scale of it was awe inspiring, the amount of people and activities going on in such a small town like Wagin, made her feel immensely proud of what the community contributes and continues to achieve each and every year, stating it was such a credit to our community and everyone involved. 
They both talked at length about the dedication and comradery of the volunteers and how over the years the enthusiasm and can-do attitude continues to make this event such a success! No one person or thing is responsible for the success of this show, it is made up of many and is therefore greater than the Sum of its Parts. They feel enormously privileged to have been part of it from the inception and continue to be supportive of its ongoing success.  The Wagin Agricultural Society Committee and community members thank them for 
their many years of tireless work and continuous commitment to make it one of the biggest Agricultural Show’s in Australia with international recognition for its excellence in livestock competitions 

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