Kids’ harvest a key attraction at Wanneroo Show

Mia Walmsley, Jacob Glass and Chloe Fevre.
Mia Walmsley, Jacob Glass and Chloe Fevre.

VEGETABLE growing in Wanneroo has a long history.

Early settlers in the mid-1850s settled around Wanneroo’s extensive wetlands and began planting vegetables that would earn the district the title ‘Food Bowl of Perth’ for decades to come.

In November 1908, the Wanneroo Road Board formed a committee to form an Agricultural Society to showcase Wanneroo’s quality vegetables and livestock.

The first Wanneroo Show was held in April 1909, attracting a huge audience of 500 showgoers.

And so, the story continues tomorrow, when the 2017 Wanneroo Show starts at 4pm and again on Saturday from 9am to 10.30pm at the Wanneroo Showground.

Among the many vegetable displays will be an impressive variety of much-loved vegetables, planted, nurtured and handpicked by Hocking primary students.

And like their Wanneroo pioneers before them, these kids know how to grow vegetables.

Hocking teacher Toni Bakreski, said the school’s students had grown vegetables since 2011.

“They like to include Wanneroo history in their vegetable growing, so this year they obtained some old vines from the Faranda Winery,” Toni said.

“We thought the old, dried out vines, were dead, but the kids brought them back to life.”

Hocking primary students are regular contributors to the Wanneroo Show vegetable displays and have taken several first and second places in the Schools’ Challenge Competition and also won awards at Perth Royal Show.

For more information on the Wanneroo Show, visit www.wannerooshow.com.

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