Farmers Show to showcase region | PHOTOS

Preparations are well underway for the 130th Northam Agricultural Society's annual Northam Farmer's Show, on this weekend.

Kicking off at 5pm on Friday, September 13 at the Northam Showgrounds, this year's event will see long-time committee member Clinton Richter conduct his last duties.

The local has decided it is time to hand over his drawing pins to Lisa Peacock, who now heads the photography section in the Exhibition Pavilion.

Helping out since he was 12 years old assisting his grandfather Harry Christmass with the farm produce section, Mr Richter will be this year's ambassador for the show.

Me Richter became president of the Northam Agricultural Society for 1997, 1998 and 1999.

He said it wasn't a title he aspired for but followed on from being vice president.

Mr Richter was awarded life membership in 2003.

He said each year leading up to the opening of the show he always thought it wouldn't happen, but it always did.

"Sometimes I am surprised the show is still going, as I sometimes think we had had our last one," Mr Richter said.

"Yet, out of the woodwork we miraculously find enough helpers and here we are presenting the 130th Show.

"It has changed so much over the years and it would be nice if we had a magic wand to show the community what it was like in its heyday."

Organisers are predicting that the poultry suction of the Northam Show will continue to be a highlight with new faces on board, chief steward Andrew Ryall and Kylie Crane.

The pair will be joined by willing helpers from the Northam Junior Poultry Club, which was started by 13-year-old Chelsea Hughes.

Chelsea said she enjoyed breeding and rearing chickens and peasants, and wanted to learn more about show birds, as well as meet other local like-minded bird owners.

The club comes under the guidance of the Northam Agricultural Society mentors Bruce Fehleur and Andrew Ryall, with the group claiming success at bird shows in Bullsbrook, Beverley and Narrogin.

This year's show will also include crowd favourites - side show alley, Ranger Red and Nigel's Incredible Animals and face painting with Dazzlin' Deb.

Pirateman Michael will feature his LED and glow light show on Friday night and a circus workshop, roaming entertainment and adventure floor show on Saturday.

Local bands Refractory Road and Bedrock will be providing live music to crowds.