Expo a highlight for community

Claire TyrrellCountryman

The 30th annual Mingenew Lions Midwest Expo was heralded a success by organisers, with good attendance and a diversity of events.

Held on September 20 and 21, the sun shone for most of the event but strong winds on the second day caused some disquiet.

Numbers were slightly down from last year's event, with about 6000 people coming through the gates over the two days to see the exhibits of about 350 businesses.

Expo co-ordinator Rob McTaggart said despite the season not looking as strong as last year, growers' spirits were high.

He said he was very pleased with the turnout given the way the season was shaping up.

"The season is duller than last year, but we can't have a record every year," he said. "Things are looking okay in this region. It is not great but it is not a disaster."

Highlights of this year's expo included the newly set out fashion parade, which featured local models from sporting clubs and farms.

For the first time the parade featured children, who showcased the latest in Mid West fashion.

The Quick Shear competition drew a massive crowd and featured more than 20 shearers from around the State.

Machinery dealers exhibited their best and biggest equipment, which caught the eyes of many farmers.

The event raised thousands of dollars for local community events.

"With the way budgets are tightening everywhere, small communities are being well supported on big ticket items but there is pressure on running costs," Mr McTaggart said. "The money raised at expo helps clubs with these running costs."

Mr McTaggart said there was a heightened awareness of the important role Mingenew expo played in the community as funds became harder to access.

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