Photography in focus for annual Busselton Show

RACHEL CURRYBusselton Dunsborough Times

Old and new favourites will come together at Churchill Park for the 153rd Busselton Show next weekend.

The Southern Districts Agricultural Society event kicks off at 4pm next Friday with the opening of popular sideshow alley.

The entertainment will culminate in an exciting fireworks display at 8.30pm before resuming for a full day of fun on Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

A State Government initiative means children will again enter the show for free if accompanied by a full paying adult and the eligible age has been increased to 16 and under.

Busselton Show president Wally Lord said a highlight of the show this year would be the return of the Beaut Ute competition after a 10-year absence.

The competition has $3000 worth of prize money up for grabs in three categories which will be judged at 10am on Saturday.

The classic category is open to restored beauties, the road category is open to modern monsters and the feral category will feature the most dirty and unrepaired ute.

Busselton Show secretary Nikki Davies said photography would be another section to watch after being chosen as the Bankwest sponsored feature for this year.

She said the exhibit would include a special celebration of the Busselton Jetty.

“We’ve never had (photography) as a feature before. It’s one of the categories in our show that’s growing quite rapidly,” she said.

Mr Lord said other show favourites were tracking well.

“There seems to be quite a bit of support for the show. The trade space seems to be pretty much sold out,” he said.

Ring events include show jumping, hacking, harness and novelties.

Entertainment will come from the Jukebox Lady and Coastal Scottish Pipe Band, while fresh produce, art, crafts, flowers and needlework will be on display.

Another highlight will be the Kid’s Corner, which runs from about 9.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday.

Family-friendly entertainment includes the BUZ climbing wall, a magician, balloon twister, incredible creature petting zoo, caricature wizard, face painting, glitter tattoos and the Tiny Tots competition at 10am.

Gate admittance to the show is $15 for adults and $5 for juniors and concessions.

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