Get Set for the Kununurra Agricultural Show 2016
Get set for the Kununurra Agriculture Show on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of July. It’s a great weekend of entertainment, exhibits, displays and competitions.
The Kununurra Agricultural show is one of the busiest shows in the state with double the average attendance for WA Agricultural shows outside of Perth. Over 5500 people attend the Show each year. President of the Kununurra Agricultural Society, Ian Cross, is pleased to know that Kununurra’s Agricultural Show is one of the top successful country shows.
“Most agricultural shows these days are only one day events with little or no night-time entertainment, and declining attendance. This town has every right to feel proud of the Agricultural Show, a big part of our success is due to the generosity of our Sponsors and volunteers, I extend a big thank you to all of them, we cannot run our Show without them”
The Pavilion is a great place to start your day out at the Show. Here locals display their creative talents in many areas including art and craft, fruit and veg, woodwork, photography, liqueurs and needlework just to name a few. The theme for this year is ‘Pulses’ and Ord Valley chickpeas and beans will also be on display in the Pavilion. There’ll also be an under 18’s display and local schools will be showing off their gardening achievements over the last 2 terms. Primary school students at St Josephs and KDHS have been busy planting and taking care of their school vegie gardens and will exhibit their gardens at the show.
If you live in the East Kimberley start getting ready to exhibit at the show and support your kids creativity and display their work at the Pavilion too. If you would like to exhibit go to http://www.kas.org.au/schedule.html and fill out the entry form on page 39 of the schedule.
Nobody can miss the glint of clean, classic and proud cars and motorbikes at the Show and Shine display. Hot Rods and Harley’s lined up jostling for attention.
The animals on display vary from the cute and cuddly to the outright dangerous, and there’s also the opportunity to show off your dog where breeds of all stance and temperament parade for the judges, even the 3 legged varieties.
The Show also features equestrian events, and a cattle section and trade and industry displays to show off what Kununurra and the Ord Valley offers in terms of farming, pastoral, training and careers. The Kununurra Agricultural Society is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development and improvement of all aspects of the agricultural, horticultural and pastoral industries. On both days key pastoral and horticultural industry guest speakers will offer information, support and feedback for local farmers and pastoralists.
The trade displays at the show also encourage and remind people to shop locally as this increases revenue for businesses and in turn creates employment and supports the whole community.
The Direct Drilling Agricultural Show Bulls & Boabs Dinner is on the Friday the 8th of July, a limited number of tickets are still available. This is a formal dress event under the stars. It promises to be a great night with entertainment by Corey Colum, fantastic prizes throughout the night, meals by Sandalwood Cafe and a complimentary drink on arrival. A fully Licensed Bar is available. Tickets can be purchased from Jan Cross by calling her on 0428 692 006.
The Ag show will also be hosting the Girls Girls Girls NT – Horse trick riding Show – a fully choreographed performances to music. It’s a fast paced, action packed show that has the “wow” factor built in, leaving crowds breathless with their dare devil stunts and amazing horses.
There are also many fun events to enter over the two days. You can display your sporting prowess in novelty competitions. These events are always a treat for the crowd – watch people sweat it out in tug-a-wars, watermelon olympics, egg and spoon race, hay-stacking and a lawn mower race just to name a few. The Kimberley Cowboy challenge attracts many competitors with a variety of talents such as rolling a hay bail, drinking a Bloody Mary and a hot beer, hammering pickets into the ground and whip cracking.
There’s plenty of entertainment through out the Show for both young and old. Gates open at 2pm on Friday for the Make Smoking History Family Day, and 8am on Saturday. Entertainment for children goes throughout both days. Entertainment includes Bubble Muffin Kids Cooking Club – a hands on preparation and recognition of healthy foods for children aged 5-12 years old. If you are a budding chef in the making and want to make some yummy healthy tucker or you just want to watch all the culinary action come down to the ORDCO Camp Kitchen and watch fresh locally grown pulses and other produce get turned into delicious snacks. The kids will also love Pirate Man Michael who will be roaming through the crowds looking for mateys, fire twirling and juggling, miming and fire eating, storytelling and more!
There will also be CirKAS Workshops to motivate young people to get active. There will be juggling, plate spinning, spin sticks, hula hoop, unicycle, stilt walking and acrobatic balance. These activities build confidence and assist in physical development, team work and problem solving skills as well as being a great fun learning experience.
On Saturday night the Western Australian renowned blues and roots band Blue Shaddy will rock the night away. They loved the Ag Show crowd so much last year they instantly wanted to come back again to perform this year. So bring your dancing shoes and get ready to rock with them on Saturday. “We absolutely love the Kimberley and Kununurra in particular” says Blue Shaddy Singer Jim McClelland and Bass Player Sandy McClelland.
Kununurra actually feels like home for some reason. It feels like the epitome of Australia, the essence maybe. We are from a remote area of the wheat-belt so we relate to the Kimberley. But the openness and space, warmth, and colour you have here is magic and so very welcoming. We have been playing on and off in Kununurra for a while and it will always remain one of our favourite gigs ever. We have made some fantastic friends in Kununurra and it really does hold a special place for us.
Entertainment over the 2 days will also include the Black String Puppet Theatre – the only real to life European puppet theatre in Australia. The puppets (worked by strings from above) have been lovingly hand carved and the theatre has a specially designed stage, superbly equipped with modern theatre lighting, sound system and special effects.
There will also be a Wearable Art Fashion Parade Friday Night as well as Local bands Northern Hum and Psycho Mojos playing, with Monsoon Nights Belly Dancers and Addicted to Dance performing. Both nights will finish off with the Ag Show’s famous Fireworks.
So free up Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of July and check out all the best that Kununurra has to offer at the 44th Annual Kununurra Agricultural Show. Go to www.kas.org.au for the program and schedule of events. If you would like to exhibit go to http://www.kas.org.au/schedule.html and fill out the entry form on page 39 of the schedule. Entries for the majority of the classes need to be handed in by Wednesday 6th of July at the Agricultural Show Grounds and/or you can email your entry forms to firstname.lastname@example.org Please check the schedule for each section for details of new and changed classes, submission and delivery times for each group. For further details you can also email Michelle, the Agricultural Show Support Officer at email@example.com and go to www.kas.org.au