Mullewa Show, flower power draw thousands
Mullewa was booked out at the weekend, as a double dip of the town’s biggest attractions saw thousands flood in.
The 87th Mullewa Agricultural Show had 2185 through the gates on Saturday. The biggest crowd in 10 years filled the grandstands for the 2021 Mullewa Gift, the first professional athletics meet in WA since the outbreak of COVID.
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Kyle Ennis took top prize in the 70m, chasing down a 7m handicap to Daniel Leseburg for a photo finish.
He then backed it up in the 120m final, pipping Josh Hook at the post by just one-tenth of a second, and rounded off the day with a win in the inaugural 120m Matt Barber Memorial Open.
Thomas Leseburg caught Nevaeh Hill and Jacinta Harty to win the 120m Novice Gift with a time of 13.82 seconds, and Bailey Dawson won the 550m Gift off a 35m handicap.
Then it was time for the quick shear. Mullewa Agricultural Society secretary Julie Freeman promised the cancellation of the rugby would spur on the competitors, and they did not disappoint. Bunbury’s Lou Brown won the open category with a time of 32.03 seconds.
Not to be overshadowed was the Outback Bloom wildflower festival. The town hall was filled to bursting with displays of numerous varieties of native wildflowers.
A new Aboriginal art studio from local artist Susan Berry, opened on Thursday before talks from local experts and guided walks through Mullewa’s Wildflower Trail over the weekend.
The tandem events had plenty of crossover in their attendance. Those who had travelled for the wildflowers were eager to sample food stalls and attractions, while showgoers were across the road from the Wildflower Walk.
“It was great, people could go to the town hall, and see the wildflowers ... then come to the ag show,” Ms Freeman said.
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