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Number 108 is a showstopper
Eleanor, Lily and Harry Parker-Halstead and Caleb Rowe

The 108th Narrogin and Districts Community Show went off with a bang on Saturday as crowds flocked to Clayton Road Oval.

More than 2500 people enjoyed live music, art and craft displays and competitions, machinery and trade stalls, poultry and sheep exhibits, equestrian events and Sideshow Alley, and at night enjoyed a fireworks display.

Narrogin Agricultural Society president Rob Madson said feedback was universally positive and praised members of the community who got involved this year.

“The show is a great opportunity for community groups and sporting groups to get some exposure for what they do,” he said.

“We try to focus on that and would like to get more community groups involved in coming years, particularly those outside of Narrogin.

“We get a lot of support from the Narrogin community and outlying communities.”

Mr Madson said numbers were slightly down over last year, when everyone received free entry because Narrogin was a drought-declared area and received funding from the Dry Seasons program.

He said this year only children received free entry and he hoped to be able to secure funding to allow everyone free entry again next year.

Narrogin Agricultural Society treasurer Anne-Marie Hayes said she was impressed with the entries in the exhibition hall.

“It has been terrific,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot more entries this year than there were last year especially with the handicrafts.”

Mr Madson said the highlight of the day for him was seeing people at the show enjoying themselves.

Perth resident Michelle Arbus said she brought her family down for the show.

“There really is something special about country shows,” she said.

“It’s great that they are still going strong and I can bring my kids and show them what I used to go to when I was their age.”

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