The greatest show of the year

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The biggest event on the calendar in Esperance is fast approaching with the Make Smoking History Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show.

Thousands are expected to pour into the Esperance Showgrounds for the two day event on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.

The show will feature an endless variety of local delicacies, the best agricultural produce the region has to offer, rides, music, entertainment, fireworks and much more.

Show president Graham Cooper said turnout was expected to be strong with membership registrations already exceeding last year.

Produce entries for the indoor display were beginning to come in strong with 300 entries received already.

“The outdoor trade section is already full, it’s chockers,” he said.

“We would like to see the farmers get behind us and show us a bit of crop.”

“All it takes is a phone call to apply.”

“The consensus around town is that the farmers are having a tough time, but when you go out there and have a look at some of the crops there are some good crops.” 

The Young Farmers Challenge has been introduced this year to the show.

“We did it to keep young people interested in farming, we want this show to be an agricultural show,” Mr Cooper said.

For the first time, the show will feature living statues the ‘Mask Family’ from Queensland.

“They are absolutely magnificent in the way they perform,” Mr Cooper said.

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Attendees can look forward to the dramatic display of Walter Whip & The Flames, workshops by celebrity guest gardener Steve Wood and Pop Magic.

Colonial Clydesdales will be offering free rides for children.

The Beaut Ute Assembly on Saturday morning is set to be an impressive display, with major prizes attached.

Mr Cooper said this year’s rodeo may be the last for the show, with construction of the new Indoor Stadium likely to make future rodeos unfeasible at the grounds.

Following a night of music and fireworks on day one, Saturday will start at 7.30am with bush poetry from across WA and a breakfast held by the Esperance Rotary Club.

An auction from all goods from celebrity gardener Steve Woods will be held on Saturday at 3.30pm to support drought affected farmers in the eastern states.

“We raise anywhere between $1000 and $2500 and each year we give it to someone different,” he said.

“It’s not their fault that they’re having a drought over there.”

“If we can help them in some way and put it into their fund, it might help their kids get to school or buys some clothes.”

“They won’t waste it and there are no administrative costs going out of that fund at all.”

Mr Cooper said the show would be a safe, family-friendly event, with “something for everybody.”

“We invite everybody to come along and enjoy themselves at the show,” he said.

“They can go and watch the shearing, they can wander around, buy a million dollar header if they want to.”

For more information or to purchase membership visit or phone 9071 2598.