With many agricultural shows around the state fighting to maintain relevancy over the past decade, the Make Smoking History Canning Show this year defied the downward trend – and the challenges the stormy first night of weather threw at us – by achieving a record-breaking crowd. With well over 10,000 attendees, the community-driven, not-for-profit event saw a rise of nearly 50% more people through the gates.

Cannington Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc (CAHRS, who put on the annual event) CEO Dianne Begg remarked, “Whilst theweatherfrowned, we were happy to see so many smiles turn up, with the diversity of ages, backgrounds and interests giving the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds all the warmth we needed.

“We celebrated 110 years with two nights of firework and a new vision for the future, going back to basics. Seeing kids young and old having as much fun with natural play elements like hay, sand and making worm farms as they did with the rides and showbags was inspirational.

“A HUGE thank you to our 70+ volunteers, tireless staff, engaged community groups, 500+ talented exhibitors, supportive partners and the attendees for contributing to a Show filled with entertaining spectacles, quality exhibitions and unique experiences.

CAHRS Event Officer Joanne Reavell added,What a fabulous year CAHRS have had, with four big events throughout the year, ending on a high with our biggest Canning Show in many years. With ZAP Circus-taught tricks from the kids, motorbikes high in the sky, science activities a buzz and all the faces painted, we look forward to further building on many of the changes made, and next year adding even more fun to the Show!”


To assist this process of continuous positive change, we’re now looking for feedback on the 2019 Make Smoking History Canning Show. Whether positive or suggestions for change, we’d love to hear from attendees of this year’s Show to bring even more happiness to more people for the next 110 years!


To say thanks, you’ll then go in the running to WIN:
– 1 x $50 Coles Group & Myer Voucher
– 2 x Adult Hoyts Vouchers to use with your choice of movies


A week after the 2019 Make Smoking History Canning Show was heralded as a success by media and smiles alike, the Presentation Evening & Awards celebrated the best exhibitors at an event held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre Saturday evening just gone, packed with both prestige and people.

An elegant three-course dinner event saw a collection of Cannington Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc (CAHRS) committee members and staff, distinguished guests and award-winning exhibitors frocking up and applauding some of the inspiring talent that was showcased this year at the Canning Show Exhibition

The competition saw 2000+ entries displayed, and more than 500+ exhibitors involved. Having taken a break from entering for a few years, after last winning the George H Wilson Perpetual Award in 2016, Ron Seaton returned with aplomb, taking out the Canning Show Exhibition’s highest honour on the night. Awarded to the exhibitor with the most points gained from placements overall, this is the sixth time he’s won the award (2003, ‘06, ‘11, ‘12, ‘16, 2019)!

Key awards handed out on the night included:


George H Wilson Perpetual Award – RON SEATON

Ray & Rose Humphry Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Youth Exhibits – SKYE HOGAN

Kenneth E Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Vegetables & Fruit – DEBRA DUCROW

Noel & Lurlene Dawkins Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Flowers – MARNIE HAMERSLEY-SMITH

Charles Treasure Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Home & Dairy Produce – GARY TEMPLEMAN

Ernest & Joan Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Home Cooking – SHARON TAUKIRI

Jennifer Outram Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Toys & Dolls – LYNN WAJON

Thomas W Hammond Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Handicrafts – JACQI BEAUMONT

James O’Donnell Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Hobby Ceramics – DEBORAH KAZICH

City Of Canning Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Painting & Drawing – ANGELINA CROTTY

Rob & Florence Corney Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Photography – NOLA HINDLEY   

Richard Liddelow Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Industrial Arts – JOHN SINFIELD

Edweena Smith Perpetual Trophy – For Most Points Overall In Youth – ALICE JOHNSON

Agricultural Produce Commission (Beekeepers) Perpetual Trophy – GARY TEMPLEMAN


Painting & Drawing – MARY-LOU BRIDGE

Plant in an Unusual Container – MAY WONG

Craft Challenge – Machine Sewing – LYNN HOONHOUT


Most Entries From A School – CAMPBELL PRIMARY SCHOOL


8 yrs & underBest Entry – Campbell Primary School – AAROHI

9-12 Best Entry – Parkwood Primary School – SARAH BELL

13-18 Best Entry – Southern River College – TAYA PARFITT

CAHRS CEO Dianne Begg applauded, “This year the quality of the Exhibition was impressive, with the high-quality exhibits coming from diverse entrants, ranging from 5 to 90+ year olds. Judged anonymously, all entries were exhibited as part of the Make Smoking History Show, filling our 3 main halls at Canning Exhibition Centre.

“This year saw promising growth in many areas, from some tremendous feats of herb-growing to strong performances in traditional crochet and knitting classes, reflecting the success of CAHRS workshops, groups and classes to learn and develop these skills throughout the year.”




With more than 15,000 early bird tickets snapped up in just a few weeks, the Make Smoking History Canning Show is set for a record-breaking community celebration like no other! With two nights of fireworks, two days packed with fun for all, and first release now exhausted, don’t miss out on the action; save by grabbing Second Release tickets ASAP, now on sale from Eventbrite.

Exploding with good times for all on Friday 1 (5-10PM) and Saturday 2 (9AM-10PM) November, the Show’s latest additions include:

  • Landslide (playing the very best of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles live)
  • 12 food trucks taking your palette on a gourmet global tour at Foodworld
  • Festive music ranging from DJs to live hip hop, an Indigenous choir and roving carnival big bands
  • The West Coast Lego User Group (responsible for the wildly successful Bricktober) offering fantastical displays, interactive building and competitions for all to enter)
  • Buskers Lane highlighting local talent, from puppet shows to singer-songwriters
  • Farmland offers plenty of new friends to meet, including free pony rides and plays with alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, lambs, piglets, a dog and roving sheep live, plus camel rides

These join an already packed line-up that offers hundreds of things to do, and thousands of things to see – most of them FREE, included in the price of tickets!

Also, a reminder entry forms are due on 18 October to have your talents showcased in the Canning Show Exhibition, and secure your chance to win in over $13,000 in cash prizes. Covering 650+ different classes in arts, crafts, hobbies creations, produce and more, it’s open to all ages, and levels of skill.



  • Always a highlight on the Friday, what better way to celebrate than to set imaginations alight than with two nights of fireworks
  • Faves from last year’s Canning Show’s Friday night entertainment and our sold-out The Greatest Showman Free Movie Event, Zap Circus return for both nights to dazzle us with fire shows, as well as holding a free workshop.


In 2019 you can expect levels of fun to max at new heights, with an array of debut and exciting FREE entertainment planned, including:

  • A number of elements celebrating 2019 as the International Year Of Indigenous Languages, including Food World, gathering some of the most delectable cuisines from around the globe to tantalise your tastebuds
  • Sideshow Wonderland, presented by the WA Showmen’s Association, who recently celebrated their 50th year of providing hair-raising rides, discounted showbags and more to the best Ag Shows in WA
  • One10 Mini Style motorbike free style ramp shows
  • Progressive Axe Men –wood chopping demonstrations, along with chainsaw shows
  •  ‘Buskers Lane’ promoting incredible live music talent all festival long
  • A costumed fashion parade (wearing your own festive outfits also highly encouraged)
  • Worm farm making workshops for the kids (with takeaway results)


Of course, there will be a mix of the fascinating and fun fare you’ve come to expect from the Show, including FREE entertainment such as: Dave The Blacksmith, face painting, pony rides, roving sheep, roving entertainment, community group performances, school choirs, Old Mac Donald’s Farm, Machinery Preservation Society, West Coast Remote Control Trucks, WA Police Historical Society, and many more to be announced closer to the Show.


The Canning Show Exhibition Schedule has now also just been released.

  • There’s over $13,000 in cash prizes to be won, over 650+ Classes
  • One of the largest annual exhibitions in the state that showcases a wide array of arts, crafts, hobbies, creations and produce.
  • Open to everyone, from talented amateurs to awarded artisans, the competition celebrates, promotes, rewards and encourages diverse passions and talents, plus inspires others in the community.
  • All entries exhibited as part of the 2019 Make Smoking History Canning Show.
  • View the Schedule HERE




DATES: Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November

VENUE: Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

Displays on Show            Gates Open                        Exhibition Halls Open

Friday 1                                5pm to 10pm                     5pm to 9pm

Saturday 2                           9am to 10pm                     9am to 8pm


  • Limited FREE Early Bird ticket registrations! Then…
  • Presale: $10+BF Adults / $5+BF Concession / Family $20+BF
  • Gate sales: $15 Adults / $10 Concession / Family $30
  • 5 & under free any time

Canning Show and BW Backhouse & Associates, Professionals Cannington invite you to put some pink on and get ready to enjoy a morning of delicious morning tea goodies (including free coffee) and fun activities for all ages, such as free face painting, interactive kids workshops and more.

There will be plenty of great ways to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research via supporting Cancer Council Western Australia (donating via Country Women’s Association of WA aka CWA of WA home-baked goods, raffles, games, merch etc) and don’t forget to grab a freshly minted copy of the 2019 Canning Show Exhibition Schedule!

WHEN: Saturday 3 August
WHERE: Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, Liddelow Pavilion
TIME: 10am – 12.30pm

• Activities for the kids including –
– Create take-home pink lava lamps, pink slime, and pink foam eruptions with Learning Pod – Tutoring and Educational supplies (starts 10am / 10.45am / 11.30am)
Ladybird Entertainment provides face painting (10-12pm)
– Mask making
• Coffee cart – providing limited free coffee to all
• Music – The Herald Skifflers giving their own unique skiffle twist on faves
• Games – including stick tennis, bocce, giant Jenga

There will be numerous ways to support Cancer Council of WA, including fundraising via:
• Food – Buy some cheap, tasty home-baked scones, cream and jam, provided by Country Women’s Association – Victoria Park / CWA of WA and The Happy Jam Pot, plus danishes, cakes and other delights
• Buy a pink ribbon or other merch from The Professionals, Cannington
• ‘Guess The Lollies’ – the classic, sweet guessing game
• Raffle – Win a hamper filled with goodies from local supporting businesses
• Donate online before the event at

• Friends and family – enjoy this fun morning together!
• Cash for donations and purchasing food (no EFTPOS)
• Anything you need to help make it a fun morning out for you or your fam!



With the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society beginning as a not-for-profit Ag organisation 110 years ago, this year’s Canning Show’s celebrations are set to be BIG.

We can’t wait to reveal some exciting changes to the Show, happening Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November. All we can say for now is that, whilst tipping our hats to the Show’s strong community heritage, this year’s Canning Show will evolve to fresh new heights, ensuring the Show to be a highlight in everyone’s calendars for the next 100+ years!