Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show celebrates record breaking year

Bumper crowds flocked to the 68th Annual Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show on October 18 and 19 to celebrate the region's finest agricultural produce.

With clear skies over both days visitors from all over the state took in a record number of trade and produce displays, enjoyed live entertainment, competitions and sampled some delicious food.

Show goers gathered to cheer on crowd favourites such as the speed shearing competition, Young Farmers Judging, Beaut Ute Competition, Main Parade and a stunning fireworks display on Friday night.

Show committee president Graham Cooper said the changes made to this year's showground layout to account for the construction of the new stadium were a welcomed change among families.

"The highlight of this year's show was the layout, everyone has commented on how good the layout was and it kept the crowd together," he said.

"We believe that it's got a future with how the layout is even though it's got to change again next year, it's better to keep the people together.

Entries for the indoor trade exhibits were at an all time high with more than 2200 entries, breaking three records in the roses, cut flowers and wildflowers displays.

Mr Cooper said the show also filled all of the available trade spaces with a wide range of organisations from across the state on hand to share their expertise.

"There were a lot of happy people out there and a lot of happy trade people," Mr Cooper said.

"Nobody else could get in because we were full, it was very pleasing to see that people from all over the state of Western Australia take on sites and could see how good Esperance is."

Mr Cooper said he would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to the committee and all the volunteers who made this year's show a success.

"I would like to extend my thanks to my whole committee, my committee are the backbone of this thing and we are only about nine strong," he said.

"Also big, big thank you to all our other helpers, they are wonderful people."

Mr Cooper said after 68 years the show remains a proud showcase of the region's best agricultural products and the hard work of the local community.

"We are very much an agricultural district and we want to be able to ask the people to present their goods and wares to make it an agricultural show, and keep it agricultural," he said.

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