Originally known as the Drakesbrook Agricultural Society and founded in 1925, the Waroona Agricultural Society’s primary purpose is to coordinate an annual event known as “the Waroona Show”. This event brings the community together in a celebration of Arts, Culture, Competitions and Agriculture. In 2023, The Waroona Agricultural Society will celebrate its 92nd Show.
The Society consists of an executive and general committee who are volunteers representing a wide cross section of the community and who work tirelessly all year to ensure the shows success. On show day the list of volunteers grows to over 120, not including those working for other community organisations. The Waroona Show is the largest single event in the Shire, and is the single biggest fundraising event in the year for local community organisations. The Waroona Show is also the only Agricultural show in the Peel Region. The show boasts many attractions each year including wood chopping, side show alley, trade stalls, horse, cattle and poultry competitions, free activities for the kids, photography, cooking, sewing, horticulture, floral, arts and creative arts competitions, music, entertainment and the grand finale spectacular the “Alcoa fireworks display”.
History of the Waroona Show
The Drakesbrook Agricultural Society was founded in 1925 to coordinate an annual event known as “the Waroona Show”. The Waroona Show is a cultural, agricultural and sporting event that brings the community together.
While originally known as the Drakesbrook Agricultural Society, the name changed in 1929 to Waroona – Hamel and Districts Agricultural Society a name that was retained until the early 1950’s. In 1951, the Society changed their name to “Waroona Agricultural Society Inc.” and became an incorporated body on the 23rd July 1976. Since 1925, the Society has only had a small number of years where the show was unable to be run. These include the World War 2 years from 1940 to 1945 and again in 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic. On reading old newspaper items, it would appear that a smaller event was run in 1940 known as the Patriotic Show.
The objects of the Society are to establish, maintain and conduct an Agricultural Show for the purpose of providing exhibitions of agricultural, pastoral, mineral and industrial products and livestock including horses in action and to promote, encourage and assist the development of educational, art, cultural and historical activities.
In 2023, the Waroona Agricultural Society will celebrate its 92nd show.