GALLERY: Merredin show proves popular

WARM weather and new entertainment helped draw people to the Merredin show on Saturday, April 12.

One of the traditional sideshow stalls at the Merredin Show which was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

One of the traditional sideshow stalls at the Merredin Show which was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

A motorised beer keg was one of the more unusual entrants in the float parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

A motorised beer keg was one of the more unusual entrants in the float parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Merredin Show was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Merredin Show was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Part of the fireworks finale. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Part of the fireworks finale. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

More of the fireworks finale. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

More of the fireworks finale. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Donna Crook and Durack MP Melissa Price drawing the $10,000 winning ticket in the show raffle. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Donna Crook and Durack MP Melissa Price drawing the $10,000 winning ticket in the show raffle. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Volunteer Nicola Lan at the St John Ambulance display. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Volunteer Nicola Lan at the St John Ambulance display. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

One of the acrobatic team performs a balancing act. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

One of the acrobatic team performs a balancing act. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Merredin Mothers of Preschoolers member mums and bubs at the indoor playground, the coolest place at the show. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Merredin Mothers of Preschoolers member mums and bubs at the indoor playground, the coolest place at the show. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Dylan Sexton with the new friend he found at sideshow alley. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Dylan Sexton with the new friend he found at sideshow alley. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

John Simmonds, Lora Nicoletti from Trans Tyres and tyre sales rep Steve Gernhoefer.    Photo: Megan Simmonds.

John Simmonds, Lora Nicoletti from Trans Tyres and tyre sales rep Steve Gernhoefer. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Denver Simmonds and Declan Hogan pleased with their helicopter joyride. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Denver Simmonds and Declan Hogan pleased with their helicopter joyride. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Archie Erskine sees the show on horseback. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Archie Erskine sees the show on horseback. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The helicopter ride looks set to spark an early fireworks display but it is actually landing behind the pyrotechnicians. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The helicopter ride looks set to spark an early fireworks display but it is actually landing behind the pyrotechnicians. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Red dog seems to have his sheep under control in the sheep dog trials. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Red dog seems to have his sheep under control in the sheep dog trials. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Camel rides proved popular. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Camel rides proved popular. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Richard Bruce from Agwest. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Richard Bruce from Agwest. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Ted Price with the new BP Kenworth. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Ted Price with the new BP Kenworth. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Todd Lane tries a John Deere lawn mower and dreams of much bigger machinery. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Todd Lane tries a John Deere lawn mower and dreams of much bigger machinery. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Ag Implements’ Matthew Musca and Colin Goodwin with a John Deere tractor. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Ag Implements’ Matthew Musca and Colin Goodwin with a John Deere tractor. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Hutton and Northey sales manager John Lombardini and salesman Tony Screaigh have a good view over the show. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Hutton and Northey sales manager John Lombardini and salesman Tony Screaigh have a good view over the show. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Murray Jones and Rodney Butcher under a Gold Acres Crop Cruiser Evolution self-propelled sprayer. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Murray Jones and Rodney Butcher under a Gold Acres Crop Cruiser Evolution self-propelled sprayer. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Lara Metaxakis on the bouncy balloon. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Lara Metaxakis on the bouncy balloon. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Shayley Hendriks, Shaj Varea, Sarah Gilmour, Hettie Moor and Maddison McWilliam take a break in the shade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Shayley Hendriks, Shaj Varea, Sarah Gilmour, Hettie Moor and Maddison McWilliam take a break in the shade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Grace Hayes-Thompson shows off her art work. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Grace Hayes-Thompson shows off her art work. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Merredin Show was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Merredin Show was a huge hit with punters on Saturday. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Darcy Dixon with Lincoln and Patrick Withers and the novelty snake they won in sideshow alley. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Darcy Dixon with Lincoln and Patrick Withers and the novelty snake they won in sideshow alley. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Central Wheatbelt MP Mia Davies with members of the agricultural society, including Trev Elliott, and Kat White from Merredin Playgroup accepting the runner-up community float prize. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Central Wheatbelt MP Mia Davies with members of the agricultural society, including Trev Elliott, and Kat White from Merredin Playgroup accepting the runner-up community float prize. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

One of the home-built novelty vehicles in the parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

One of the home-built novelty vehicles in the parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Northside Tavern entry in the float parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

The Northside Tavern entry in the float parade. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Spike Jones in a lounge chair bike. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

Spike Jones in a lounge chair bike. Photo: Megan Simmonds.

“In fact the weather might have been a bit too warm for the cakes and cake decorating,” show coordinator Debbie Morris said.

The three new show items this year, the Scitech science display, the Sailor Girls acrobats and performers and the Skateboarding Australia demonstrations and workshops added interest for young and old, Mrs Morris said.

The usual attractions, like the go karts, sideshow alley, Tumbler ride and the spectacular fireworks finale, were also all still there.

Central Wheatbelt MP Mia Davies and federal Durack MP Melissa Price were called on to present prizes and draw raffle winners.

The $10,000 first prize in the raffle was won by Pat Italiano from Perth, the uncle of Merredin and District Agricultural Society show committee member Kelly Manning who sold him the ticket.

However, the remaining prize winners were local people.

The $3000 second prize was won by Jasmin Cockram, $2000 second prize by Rob Newton and $1000 fourth prize by Sheila Mottershead.

Show day started at 9.30am with the float parade to the showground.

Barrack Street and Bates Street were closed to traffic to allow some weird and wonderful unregistered vehicles, such as a motorised bed, dining table and lounge chair, and home-built cars and vintage tractors to take part.

There was even a mobile wood-turning demonstration on the back of a truck.

However, the parade also caused the only problem on the day.

The drivers of two of vehicles in the parade did ‘burnouts’ in front of the crowd which police consider dangerous behaviour given the potential for disaster if they had lost control.

Police are investigating the incidents and charges may be laid.

Mrs Morris said she was “disappointed” with the burnouts in the parade.

“We need the approval of the police and the council each year to get a permit to close the streets for the parade.

“Upsetting people does not make it any easier for us to get a permit next year,” she said.

Show results:

Float parade winners

1st Community, $250: Merredin Men’s Shed. Runner-up, $150: Merredin Playgroup.

Individual, $50: Craig Powell.

Business, $50: Newton’s Home Furnishings

Colouring competition

Kindy-pre-primary: 1s, $25, Darrius Sutherland (St Mary’s); 2nd, $15, Xander Boehme (Merredin College); 3rd, $10, Spencer Saunders (Merredin College).

Years 1-3: 1st, $25, Kelsey (St Mary’s); 2nd, $15, Cassandra Cervantes (St Mary’s); 3rd, $10, Ted (St Mary’s).

Years 4-7: 1st, $25, Layla Tomljanovich (St Mary’s); 2nd, $15, Kate Garlett (Merredin College); 3rd, $10, Suzi Doncon (Merredin College).

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