I would like to take this very special opportunity to welcome everyone to our 100th Northampton Show. This marks a very special day on our calendar for our wonderful town and shows just how important events like this are for our community.
Our committee has worked very hard since the closing of our 99th show and have endeavoured to make our 100th year event something everyone will remember. Just to take everyone back,
I thought I would quickly run through a little bit of history surrounding the ‘Show’. The Northampton Agricultural Society was formed in 1910 as it was at this time believed that Northampton, a settlement older than many others in Western Australia was capable of entertaining the idea of running its own Agricultural Show. Prior to this growers and farmers in the district would exhibit their produce at the Geraldton Agricultural Society’s Annual Show.
The first Northampton show was held in September 1911 at the Bowes, with the assistance of Mr Thomas Amos Drage, who allowed the
new Society to use his grounds for the event. The day was a huge success and it was carried on for many more years to come, only breaking in times of war.
It is with this success, and the success of many of the farmers and exhibitors year in year out that we are able to run one of the state’s best small town rural shows. In the good times and the bad, I believe events like our show are very important as they bring us all together and help us grow as a rural community. We can all learn from each others’ successes and failures, in the hope that this may assist us in passing all this on to future generations.
For this very special event, we have got some fantastic entertainment throughout the day with freestyle motocross, log chopping displays, Scitech, Phil Doncon – painter extraordinaire, a wildlife display and a number of new and fantastic stalls to enjoy.
This year we are hoping to take things a little further with our entertainment with the addition of one of Australia’s best Country Music artists Chelsea Basham performing at night. Chelsea was named Female Australian Artist of the Year at the nation’s only fan-voted country music awards earlier this year and we invite everyone to stay on at night to see why. And to top this off we will once again have our spectacular fireworks display with a very special finale.
I would like to also thank all our very generous sponsors for today’s event, as without your support the show would be difficult to run; Lotterywest, Healthways ‘Make Smoking History’, Northern Agri Group, Purcher International, Landmark, Leon Baker Jewellers and many many more. I look forward to seeing you all at the Showgrounds and hope that we can make this our 100th show, a show for all to remember.