Expo showcase unites industry

Darcy HayCountryman

About 4000 visitors converged on the Mid West town of Mingenew last week for the community's 31st Lions Midwest Expo.

The 360 exhibitors showed off an array of products and services from new harvesters and unmanned aerial vehicles to wine and olives.

Mingenew expo co-ordinator Rob McTaggart said the ethos of the event was about bringing together agricultural interests for the whole of the Mid West.

"We're here as a professional exhibition of goods and services ... anyone who's interested can come along," he said.

"Our visitors are industry people, but also general public visitors who are interested to see what's going on if you get away from the coast - we like to think we put on a pretty good representation of that.

"There's pretty well anything and everything you can imagine, in either lifestyle or in running a rural business … there's camper vans, computing, health goods, the things that people use in their leisure time."

Mr McTaggart said in addition to a great show of local exhibitors, there was plenty of interest from Perth and interstate.

"Most people just think we're having a little country show," he said.

"Everyone who comes out here for the first time goes, 'Wow, goodness gracious, this is huge'.

"There's only about 200 people in the town, so it's a huge effort from the community to put this on."

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