**A-Z South West and A-Z Perth is an occasional series where we are tourist in our home state and explore WA with new eyes**
There is nothing like an Agricultural show to show of a community and its industry! Like the Perth Royal Show, but on a smaller scale, local producers enter and show off their prized cattle and (tradionally) the wives bake their best cakes.
"An agricultural show is a public event exhibiting the equipment, animals, sports and recreation associated with agriculture and animal husbandry." (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_show)
These events are hugely important for the local community, they give a sense of pride and unity, they allow for a break from day to day business and they provide a social aspect for the locals young and old.
This weekend I went along to the Bridgeown Agricultural Show and enjoyed the festivities and even won some prizes.
Cost: children under 16 free and Adults $15
Food: a range of vender type food options available, a very busy bar on site.
Rides: $8-$10 Assortment, mostly suited for teens and above
Other entertainment: Assortment of free and low cost entertainment
TIP: if you have small children, look for the "passport" type activities. Many shows have them and they are usually a cheap way to go around the show and collect/learn new things.
TIP: You don't always have to be a local to enter some of the events. Sheaf tossing anyone?
Entertainment: As mentioned above, rides, passport type activities. Many free exhibits. Market type stalls.
The Bridgetown Show had a closing fireworks display which was much enjoyed.
Many of the towns have annual agricultural shows and are worth checking out or marking in the calender. This site is handy, but do check the websites/facebook pages for dates and details of individual events.