Wee Waa Show is set to go

All systems go for the town's biggest annual event this weekend

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: Cotton pioneer Frank Hadley is looking forward to opening the Wee Waa Show on Friday night, joined here by Show Society president Peta Miguel, vice president Sue Toop and secretary Jana Collier.

It’s almost time for the Wee Waa Show, and this year organisers are all about celebrating what makes the district famous.

The Show will run from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20, at the Wee Waa Showground.

This year’s theme is ‘What We Grow’, and a highlight will be the official opening of the Show by cotton pioneer Frank Hadley.

When Mr Hadley first visited Wee Waa in 1961, farming on the black soil plains west of Narrabri was mainly that of sheep.

“There was nothing much else here,” he said.

Fifty seven years later, thanks to Mr Hadley, Paul Kahl and other

pioneers from California in particular, Wee Waa is rightly claimed as the cotton capital of Australia.

“We thought there wouldn’t be anyone more suitable than Frank,” Show Society president Peta Miguel said.

“He’ll talk about the crops we grow and the growth of our community in business and agriculture.”

Mr Hadley will officially open the Show at 7pm on Friday, before the Wee Waa Senior and Junior Showgirls are announced.

With the fireworks to follow at 8pm, the opening day of the Show promises to be spectacular, but there’s plenty more to come on Saturday and Sunday.

A small but hardworking team of volunteers is leaving no stone unturned to make sure this year’s Show is a success.

“We couldn’t get it started without them,” Ms Miguel said.

The gates open at 3.30pm and it all begins at 4pm on Friday when the pet show is judged before a barbecue and the official opening. Baan Baa musician Sarah Leete will keep the crowds entertained from 9pm.

Saturday’s traditionally the big day for the Show and it will all kick off at 8am with the horse events.