Woolorama more than just Merinos

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Wagin Woolorama President Tony Baxter speaking at the opening ceremony.
Camera IconWagin Woolorama President Tony Baxter speaking at the opening ceremony. Credit: Mogens Johansen

Pleasant weather and a well-rounded mix of livestock displays, commercial exhibits and entertainment attracted about 21,500 visitors to this year’s Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.

Woolorama spokeswoman Wendy Pederick said the two-day event had run smoothly and feedback had been positive.

“There has been lots of praise and appreciation shown towards the town, volunteers and Woolorama committee,” Ms Pederick said. “The 400 commercial displays were excellent, and they were a credit to the companies they represented.”

At the opening ceremony, Goulburn mayor Bob Kirk officially marked the sister-city relationship between the New South Wales town and Wagin.

Both sport giant ram statues, with Goulburn’s ‘Rambo’ and Wagin’s ‘Baart’ taking pride of place in their regional homes.

Wagin Agricultural Society Rural Ambassador Luke Hall and Woolorama president Tony Baxter also spoke at the opening.

On Friday, local Jen Bannerman brought the World’s Greatest Shave to the Shearing Complex, raising $6000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Money was also raised for Parkinson’s WA at the Prime Yearling Beef Auction, with proceeds from the sale of the charity steer going to the organisation.

John, Flo and Matt Kitchen donated the commercial Carenda Angus steer for the auction.

“A total of $1500 was also raised by Stitches of Hope Cambodia for cleaning the grounds,” Ms Pederick said.

The 10th Wagin Woolorama Rodeo on Saturday night attracted 3000 spectators keen to see the grand opening parade and competitors from around the State take part in rough stock events, roping, barrel racing and more.

“It was a trouble-free and fitting grand finale to the show — high entertainment value,” Ms Pederick said.

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