IT was a big day out in Darkan last Saturday when the local community hosted its annual Act Belong Commit Darkan Sheepfest.
After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the event was back bigger and stronger this year, running smoothly under COVID protocols including proof of vaccination checks at the gate.
The committee estimates just over 1000 people went through the gate and they have deemed it their best show ever in terms of organisation, the support they received and the feedback since, which has been exceptional.
Royal Agricultural Society of WA president David Thomas attended to support the show and presented the Best Pet Sheep and junior judging awards.
There was plenty to see and do at the event including the Sportshear and wool handling competitions which attracted 23 shearers and 12 wool handlers, the Merino ewe hogget competition, wool fashion parades, the highly anticipated farm boot foot races, the young farmer challenge, wood chopping demonstrations and a presentation from special guest Sabrina Hahn.
The committee highly recommends that rural shows continue despite challenging restrictions, suggesting the benefits these shows provide the community far outweighs the additional workload associated with COVID management.
This year the committee chose the Royal Flying Doctor Service Mental Health Programs as its charity and through the sales of bags of Sheep Poo, hay bales and a charity auction, which included a painting by a local artist that sold for $2600, it raised $5610 for the organisation.
Farm Weekly livestock manager JODIE RINTOUL attended the day to capture the action.
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