Continuing the evolution of Canning Show as one of Perth’s premier community events, last year’s event broke audience records for the second year in a row, and conquered COVID to inspire and entertain people like never before. 2021’s LiveLighter Canning Show will elevate the joy even higher, the happening Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November at the home of the Show, Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds.

We have exciting changes and unique offerings we can’t wait to announce, but expect the best value, inspiring and fun-packed weekend to excite all ages, including Fireworks both nights, unique collaborations with partner City Of Canning to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Sideshow Wonderland rides, Carnival games, the Stay & Play Zone, Showbags, ZAP Circus, Farmland Animals, Food World, music, face painting, pony rides, performers and much, much more.

Plus, much of it comes FREE, included with tickets!

Before we announce more and tickets go on sale, we are pleased to reveal the first brushstrokes of the Show’s colourful, fun-packed picture.



Providing a creative wonderland with community heart, Canning Show is excited to launch one of WA’s biggest, longest-running community-showcasing exhibitions on a platform allowing online entries for the first time ever. This makes it even more accessible for anyone to have a go at igniting their creativity, practising new skills or showcasing their talents, whilst potentially being rewarded in $13,000+ in cash prizes on offer, plus awards, exclusive invites and more.

Whilst regular entrants can still enter the same ways they have in the past (including printed forms and a full-colour schedule available from our office ), the fully automated platform allows people to easily enter, pay, receive reminders, and track your Show entries online. Now there are more options to exhibit something at the Show to wow all your friends and family!



  • One of the largest annual exhibitions in WA showcasing a wide array of arts, crafts, hobbies, creations and produce, igniting communities’ creative spark.
  • Online entries allowed for the first time ever (printed forms and Schedules also available so can still enter as before).
  • 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.
  • Over $13,000 in cash prizes rewarded to the best exhibits, plus trophies, sashes, and other awards.
  • Exhibition Champions receive a complimentary free invite to an exclusive, gala dinner awards event on Saturday 20 November.
  • Entries only $1/2.
  • Over 650 Classes to enter, covering Youth; Fruit & Vegetables; Flowers; Home & Dairy Produce; Honey; Home Cooking; Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Toys & Dolls; Handicrafts; Hobby Ceramics; Painting & Drawing; Photography; and Industrial Arts.
  • Numerous special classes celebrating the ‘International Year of Fruit & Vegetables’.
  • Unless breaking any By-Laws, ALL entries are exhibited as part of the LiveLighter Canning Show; it’s by and for the community.
  • ANYONE can enter, no matter where you are from, your age or level of experience.
  • Independently judged by experts in their field.
  • Revised By-Laws, new classes, new rules – all encouraging an even more impressive, all-inclusive Exhibition!


We are constantly searching for the best offerings to enhance the LiveLighter Canning Show experience. Applications are now open for a range of people, organisations and businesses looking to take advantage of the opportunities available, or to be a part of the fun as a volunteer. We are currently looking for more:

  • Food Trucks
  • Commercial and Community Stalls
  • Performers / Demonstrators
  • Volunteers (soon)


Last year’s celebrations attracted 13,500+ people, so don’t miss out on these opportunities and be sure to apply by Friday 25 August (extended until Monday 30 August) to be considered.


Last year we partnered with Healthway, through LiveLighter, allowing us to deliver important messages to improve people’s livelihood. Healthway’s Director Health Promotion Julia Knapton said it is exciting to continue this partnership with the Canning Show, adding, “This event provides a great opportunity to showcase how easy it is to lead healthier lifestyles.”

Expect this year’s Show to be filled with opportunities to Eat Brighter, Live Lighter!



DATES: Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November 2021

LINE-UP: Fireworks both nights, unique collaborations with partner City Of Canning to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Sideshow Wonderland rides, Carnival games, the Stay & Play Zone, Showbags, ZAP Circus, Farmland Animals Food World, music, face painting, pony rides, performers and much, much more.

VENUE: Home of the Canning Show; Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

TICKETS: Presale tickets to be announced closer to the event. Follow us on socials and free eNewsletter to take advantage of special first ticketing and line-up announcement!


Last year saw the LiveLighter Canning Show enjoy record-breaking crowds plus receive numerous prestigious accolades, including winning the Active Citizenship Award as part of the Community Citizen of the Year Awards presented by the City of Canning, and an award “In Appreciation of the Extraordinary Effort” of the Canning Show by the Western Australian Showmen’s Association (WASA). We would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and staff who are involved and helped us making last year’s Canning Show a successful event, as well as all of our attendees. Now, we’re readying to take things to the next level…

2021, GET READY!

Off the back of these and exceptionally positive feedback from audiences, we are inspired to plan an even better show for 2021. This year’s Canning Show will be held on:

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 November 2021

Mark these dates in the calendar for an amazing, fun-filled event for all-ages. More information about this year’s show will be on the way soon, including limited free tickets for those quick enough to jump on them. If you want to have a glimpse of what the show will look like, click here.



We’re excited this year to also be launching online entries for the first time ever, opening things up even further for people to showcase their talents and have a chance at winning $15,000 in prizes. Whilst people can still enter the same ways they have in the past, this year we will be allowing people to enter online with a fully automated platform, enabling you to simply enter, pay, adjust and track online. This will help make it easier than ever to give it a go and exhibit something at the Show to wow all your friends and family!


This year will be ‘Fruit & Vegetable’ themed for a range of special classes in the Exhibition. Our CEO Dianne Begg stated, “This year we find ourselves living in the ‘International Year of Fruits and Vegetables’ and encourage our future exhibitors to plan ahead for this year’s show, just like urban farmers who are already starting to plan their planting or harvest days.”



We are also looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Events Management Assistant/s who would like to help us in organising for this year’s show, as well as assisting in other events that are happening within Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds. Detailed info about this position is listed here, with this volunteer role providing an exceptional opportunity to add to your CV and skills with meaningful educational experiences, whilst having fun doing it!


Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more very shortly…


The LiveLighter Canning Show 2020 saw nearly 15,000 tickets snapped up, record-breaking attendees and sold-out Sessions, heralding a new age for this key community event. The Exhibition has very much been the heart and soul of the Show for 110+ years, and was a huge hit with thousands over the course of the Show. With all seats taken at the Presentation Evening & Awards this Saturday just gone, we are now excited to reveal the winners of one of WA’s biggest community-focused Exhibitions.

The Exhibition proved the perfect catalyst to ignite people’s creative spark, discover and celebrate the community’s talents, and to provide a much-needed distraction for what has been a tumultuous 2020 for many. 285 people entered the Canning Show Exhibition, ranging from 2 to nearly 100-year olds, amounting to a total of 2,244 exhibits.

Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds’ main Exhibition Hall hosted a classy three-course affair for distinguished guests, award-winning exhibitors and Cannington Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc (CAHRS) committee, members, volunteers and staff frocking up in colourful jungle-themed attire. In-between performances from DJ Snake Mountain, African Oz Drum ‘N’ Dance and Gobbles The Gorilla, the applause was loud for some of the best entrants showcased at this year’s Canning Show Exhibition.

No stranger to the Awards stage, Ron Seaton took top honours, taking out the George H Wilson Perpetual Award, awarded to the exhibitor with the most points gained from placements overall. A veteran entrant with a formidable garden, this is the seventh time he’s won the award, adding it to a cabinet already packed with wins in 2003, ‘06, ‘11, ‘12, ’16 and 2019. With all his entries in the Flowers plus Fruit & Vegetables sections, Ron’s bag of awards included 30 first places, 5 Champion placings and a total of 185 points.

Alice Johnson also made a big impression for someone so small, the Under 12-year-old taking home a swag of awards to honour her creativity in an extremely diverse array of classes. A perfect example of how the Exhibition is for everyone, and anyone can have a go and improve their skills.

CAHRS CEO Dianne Begg applauded, “From recycled craft capturing more people’s imagination to our infamous Flower Hall blooming brilliance, this year’s Exhibition showed the positive things that have been created and nurtured in 2020. The International Year Of Plant Health brought attention to important messages in visually impressive ways. All in all, we felt lucky to still be able to host this important part of the Canning Show, which at many points this year we thought would not be possible. We thank the community for their support and can’t wait to showcase even more debut entrants next year!”

Key awards handed out on the night included:


George H Wilson Perpetual Award – RON SEATON

Kenneth E Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Vegetables & Fruit – RINI SMITH

Noel & Lurlene Dawkins Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Flowers – MARGARET GRAPES

Charles Treasure Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Home & Dairy Produce – EDNA WENDT

Ernest & Joan Clark Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Home Cooking – LAURIE CAPORN

Jennifer Outram Centenary Perpetual Trophy -For Best Exhibit In Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Toys & Dolls- STEPHANIE LIVINGS

Thomas W Hammond Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Handicrafts – RUTH ROBARTSON

James O’Donnell Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Hobby Ceramics – JUDY HARRIS

City Of Canning Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Painting & Drawing – COLIN MACKIE

Rob & Florence Corney Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Photography – RON SPEED

Richard Liddelow Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Industrial Arts – BOB GARDNER

Agricultural Produce Commission (Beekeepers) Perpetual Trophy – GARY TEMPLEMAN

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

Ray & Rose Humphry Centenary Perpetual Trophy – For Best Exhibit In Youth Exhibits – ALEYA VOON



Craft Challenge: Minibeasts – DONNA ANDREW-ALLARD

Insect Hotel – ALICE JOHNSON

Plant Health – DALE EDNEY



Best Hanging Container – KATE SMYTH

Pelargoniums – JENNY OUTRAM


SMYTH FAMILY TROPHY in YOUTH Flowers: 8 years & under –  ALICE JOHNSON

SMYTH FAMILY TROPHY in YOUTH Flowers: 9 to 12  years  – AANSH PATEL


SCUTTER FAMILY TROPHY for Champion Cooking: 13-17 years – SKYE HOGAN 



This challenge was open to all age groups to encourage their creativity to portray the interactions of insects and plants in the spirit of it being the International Year Of Plant Health.


Insect Houses – ALICE JOHNSON

Plant Health – DALE EDNEY



These certificates are awarded to the following people for the many years service they have given to the Society.

JOHN SMITH         KATE SMYTH              JILL SMYTH