Northam Farmers Show gets ready to welcome this year’s entries

The Northam Farmers Show is nearly here and excitement is growing as local community members start preparing their entries for the Pavilion.

Categories in this year’s show include art, photography, poultry, sheep and farm produce among 14 other sections. 

The cookery section is looked after by Heather Meiklem who said it is always record breaking when it comes to entries.  

“This year scones and carrot cake will be the ones to watch as competition is strong,” Mrs Meiklem said.

“We have introduced Vegetarian Muffins to the competition and look forward to some interesting entries.

Cookery steward want to remind exhibitors to make sure their exhibits are placed in an oven bag or clear plastic bag.

In the past two years the Northam feature cookery class one has been dedicated to past long-time supporters of the Northam Farmers Show.

This year life member of the Northam Agricultural Society Carmel Sands will be honoured.

Mrs Meiklem said Mrs Sands is a great supporter of Northam and Southern Brook community events.

“She is still today a welcome sight at many of the local functions,” Mrs Meiklem said.

“Mrs Sands coffee cake is always a welcome addition to many of the functions held at the Southern Brook Hall.

“The committee look forward to providing a pictorial display of Mrs Sands and thank her for the amazing support she has given  over the years and continues to give still today.”

This year also marks the eighth year of the John Curtin Weekend where students from Curtin University volunteer their time at the Northam Agricultural Show. 

Their involvement includes helping set up, feeding and watering poultry, helping with certificates and filing and working with the equestrian judges.

Belle Moore helps coordinate the student’s participation with the show. 

She said in the last eight years the students have had a friendly attitude and manners towards everyone attending.

“The John Curtin Weekend volunteers are interested in the activities and displays at the show, learning aspects of agriculture they may not have considered previously,” Mrs Moore said.

“Their willingness to be helpful in all activities is a quality worthy of high recommendation.”

The Northam Farms Show runs on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September at the Northam Showgrounds on Chidlow Street.