The Canning Show 2023 was another resounding success, pulling in a record-breaking audience of nearly 20,000 people and further solidifying the event as one of the most value-packed events on the community calendar. Also organised by our not-for-profit organisation Cannington Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society Inc (CAHRS), the Canning Show Exhibition Awards 2023 were held Saturday 18 November, celebrating in style the best work by amateur creatives, gardeners and more.

The heart and soul of the Show for 110+ years and now one of WA’s biggest competitions of this type, the Exhibition component this year saw 414 people exhibiting. There were 2,149 exhibits entered, showcasing an extraordinary diversity of ages, backgrounds, interests, cultures, and skills.

The Exhibition Awards saw the best of the best exhibitors awarded for these efforts, with trophies, sashes and certificates handed out, on top of the $13,500+ in cash prizes that went to the best exhibits. Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds’ brand new Canning Agricultural Pavilion hosted a most golden dinner affair for distinguished guests, award-winning exhibitors and CAHRS committee, members, volunteers, and staff – many of them frocking up in glistening gold attire. This year’s Exhibition Awards glistened with themed fun, where ‘Fields of Gold’ shone a light at our community’s creativity and talent.

In-between face-glitter and balloon corsages by Face Painter Extraordinaire, decadent ice-cream by Antica Gelateria Italiana, and the Handsome Jake England as the evening’s MC and DJ to keep the toes tapping. The applause was loud as the best exhibits and exhibitors were awarded.

Coming in first place last year, Brad Lewis-McKnight again received top honours, winning the George H Wilson Perpetual Award for the exhibitor with the most points gained from placements overall, for the second year in a row. Brad entered classes in Flowers, Fruit & Vegetables, Herbs, Home & Dairy Produce, Home Cooking, and Photography, amassing a tally of 246 points from 139 exhibits.

Other important achievements:

  • Runner up for the George H Wilson Perpetual Trophy: Robert Johnson came in second place, plus he also took out both the WA State Championships awards, amongst others.
  • Alice Johnson continued her domination of the Youth classes, again taking the Most Points Overall in Youth, the fifth year in a row!
  • Approaching 100, Edna Wendt showed that age is only a number, again winning Best Exhibit in Home and Dairy Produce.
  • Multiple entries were welcomed from Rossmoyne Senior High School students within the youth categories, scooping a range of awards.

Key awards handed out on the night included:


George Wilson Centenary Trophy for Most Points Overall – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Kenneth E Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Fruit & Vegetables – Ron Attwood

The Agricultural Produce Commission (Beekeepers) Perpetual Trophy for Most Points in Honey – Gordon Carter

Dianne Begg Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Herbs – Sonia McIntyre-Bastow

Noel & Lurlene Dawkins Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Flowers – Elena Lim

Charles Treasure Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Home & Dairy Produce – Brett Greedy

Ernest & Joan Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Home Cooking – Jeffrey Garrett

Jennifer Outram Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit in Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Toys & Dolls – Lynette Fenton

Thomas W Hammond Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit Handicrafts – Nik Thompson

James O’Donnell Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit Ceramics – Jacqueline Beaumont

Richard Liddelow Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit Industrial Arts – Robert Woodward

City of Canning Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit Painting & Drawing – Barbara Gurney

Rob & Florence Corney Centenary Perpetual Trophy For Best Exhibit Photography – Blake Hughes


Mathew Millar


Edweena Smith Trophy for Most Points Overall in Youth – Alice Johnson

Smyth Family Trophy – Alyssa Low

Maxine Wylie Perpetual Trophy for Best Exhibit in Youth Home Cooking – Tanush Mani

Ray & Rose Humphry Centenary Perpetual Trophy for Best Youth Exhibit – Ellinah Shin


(Sheep and Wheat-Themed Exhibition Classes):

Flowers Challenge – Sheep and Wheat-Themed Floral Arrangement – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Painting and Drawing Challange – For the Love of Wheat and Sheep – Tony Villamagna

Craft Challenge – The Wheatbelt Wonders – Patricia Benson

Home Cooking Challange – Special Table Centre Loaf – Anna Smith


Best Hanging Container Exhibit – Rob Johnson

Pelargoniums Exhibit – Rob Johnson



Champion Fruit Exhibit – Ron Attwood

Champion Vegetable Exhibit – Julie Parolo


Champion Cut Herb Exhibit – Sonia McIntyre-Bastow

Champion Potted Herb Exhibit – Rob Johnson


Champion Rose Hybrid Tea Exhibit – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Champion Rose – Floribunda Exhibit – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Champion Carnation Exhibit – Rob Johnson

Champion Gladioli Exhibit – Bronwyn McDougall

Champion Gerbera Exhibit – Lynette Fenton

Champion Pelargonium Exhibit – Bronwyn McDougall

Champion Miscellaneous Flowers Exhibit – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Champion Shrub, Tree or Creeper Exhibit – Elena Lim

Champion Australian Native Flowers Exhibit – Rini Smith

Champion Plant in Pot Exhibit – Elena Lim

Champion Floral Vase Exhibit – Lynn Marsh

Champion Floral Bowl of Flowers Exhibit – Lynn Marsh

Champion Hobby Floral Art Exhibit – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Champion Miniature Garden Exhibit – Rob Johnson


Champion Home & Dairy Preserves Exhibit – Merle Oliver

Champion Dairy Produce Exhibit – Edna Wendt

Champion Eggs Exhibit – Kerry Allen

Champion Honey Exhibit – Brett Greedy

The Agricultural Produce Commission (Beekeepers) Perpetual Trophy for Most Points in Honey – Gordon Carter


Champion Baking Exhibit – Kylie Cook

Champion Decorated Cake Exhibit – Merle Oliver

Champion Savoury Bake Exhibit – Brad Lewis-McKnight

Champion Bread Exhibit – Jeffrey Garrett


Champion Machine Sewing Exhibit – Zoe Clark

Champion Hand Embroidery & Needlework Exhibit – Kristy Wilkin

Champion Toys & Dolls Exhibit – Bronwyn McDougall

Champion Crochet Exhibit – Linda Vesinger

Champion Knitted Handwork Exhibit – Mylene Pijpers

Champion Machine Knitting Exhibit – Donja Janssen

Champion Sewing, Knitting etc. Exhibit Over 70 Section – Lynette Fenton

Champion Quilting and Patchwork Exhibit – Nola Cail


Champion Jewellery Exhibit – Dale Edney

Champion China Painting Exhibit – Ruth Robartson

Champion Pottery Exhibit – Nik Thompson

Champion Glass Exhibit – Patricia Benson

Champion Scrap Booking Exhibit – Ruth Johnson

Champion Card Making Exhibit – Ruth Johnson

Champion Textiles Exhibit – Bronwyn McDougall

Champion Miscellaneous Craft Exhibit – Courtney Smith


Champion Students, Hobby Ceramics Exhibit – Gail Larsen

Champion People with Dis. Hobby Ceramics Exhibit – Jackie Edwards

Champion Hobby Ceramics Exhibit Over 60 – Jacqueline Beaumont


Champion Leather Work Exhibit – Lee-Anne White

Champion Wood Work Exhibit – Robert Woodward

Champion Metal Work Exhibit – Murray Moyses


Champion Painting Exhibit – Barbara Gurney 

Champion Drawing Exhibit – Barbara Gurney

Champion People with Dis. Painting/Drawing Exhibit – Jasmin Franklin


Champion Amateur Photography Exhibit – Tianah Finning

Champion Canning Show Young Photographer Exhibit – Blake Hughes


Champion Best Horticulture Exhibit – 8 years & under – Alyssa Low

Champion Best Horticulture Exhibit – 9 to 12 years – Alice Johnson

Champion Home Cooking Exhibit 12 years & under – Gemma Richmond

Champion Home Cooking Exhibit 13-17 years – Tanush Mani

Champion Sewing/Knitting/Toys/Dolls Exhibit 12 years & under – Alice Johnson

Champion Sewing/Knitting/Toys/Dolls Exhibit 13-17 years – Danielle Uglow

Champion Handicraft Exhibit 12 years & under – Ellinah Shin

Champion Handicraft Exhibit 13 to 17 years – Maddison Wainwright

Champion Hobby Ceramic Exhibit 13 to 17 years – Elissa Gallichan

Champion Painting & Drawing Exhibit 8 years and under – Thomas Talarczyk

Champion Painting & Drawing Exhibit 9 to 12 years – Ilse Bongers

Champion Painting & Drawing Exhibit 13 to 17 years Irmuun – Oyu Barsbaatar

Champion Photography Exhibit 12 years & under – Winter Pelecanos

Champion Photography Exhibit 13 to 17 years – Danielle Uglow

Champion Photography Enlargement Exhibit – Any Age – Danielle Uglow

Champion Industrial Arts Exhibit 13 to 17 years – Chloe Walker



Mia Hudson

Pei-Chen Lin

Elise Crosby


  • Officially announced at the Awards, save the date for the Canning Show 2024: Currently set for Fri 1 & Sat 2 November! With our Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds seeing an expansion of its venue facilities, which are on track to be hosting events by mid next year, you can expect the Show to again evolve in exciting new directions.
  • Volunteering Awards were received by Stephanie Gee and John Hunt receiving certificates for 5 years of service, and Callum Begg and Pauline Illingworth for 10 years of service, to our not-for-profit Canning Show and Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society.