Veterans play a key role in show's growth over decades
Close friends since they were six years old, this year's Wagin Woolorama patron Frank Pederick and life member of the Wagin Agricultural Society Maurie Becker have shared more memories at the show than they can recall.
Born and raised in Wagin, both members have grown up with the agricultural society and enjoyed watching it grow and prosper over the years.
Mr Becker, who has been on the agricultural society since 1955 and was society president in 1963, 64 and 67, said he had seen the show grow from 1500 visitors to 20,000.
"Frank's Dad was on the committee and you used to join as a young farmer - it was a natural progression as you got older, you wanted to be a part of the community," he said.
"My Mum used to work in the luncheon booth at the show, putting dinners on for everyone.
"It wasn't as easy as this one here.
"I can still remember back then they had big coppers going out the back, heating the water to make the tea …. and there were no windows in the dining area, just big weatherboards and copper chains."
Mr Pederick said the show itself used to be run for the furtherance of wool and wool-handling alone.
"Now there is cropping, machinery and all kinds of things," he said.
"What is represented at the exhibits are good-quality produce and entries; that is what makes this show so popular."
Mr Becker, who has been helping set up the fashion parades for more than 40 years, said new members in the committee always livened up the place.
"That's the magic of the committee and the show, it attracts all ages from near and far," he said.
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