Loving the attraction of Wanneroo show day

Wanneroo Show stalwart and sideshow alley manager Jennie Pell.
Wanneroo Show stalwart and sideshow alley manager Jennie Pell.

AFTER working at shows around WA for more than 40 years, the Wanneroo Show still holds a special place in Jennie Pell’s heart.

The Carramar resident travels the State with her sideshow alley rides and attractions and is responsible for ensuring they run smoothly on show day.

Born into the business, as a child Ms Pell would help her dad at Luna Park in Scarborough and the Perth Royal Show.

“My greatest pleasure was going to work with my dad,” she said.

“From then on, I was captivated by the world of the show.”

Following several weeks of preparation, Ms Pell and her partner Pat Burke will start setting up for the November 27-28 Wanneroo Show next Wednesday.

The former president and member of the WA Showmen’s Association will also have the added responsibility as show steward of overseeing sideshow alley.

“People have this perception that we always have fun but no one sees the hard work that goes in,” she said.

“But I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can’t beat the atmosphere of show day.”

Ms Pell has lived in the area since 1980 and said the Wanneroo Show was a great event.

“It’s always been such a good show, it has a great variety of activities,” she said.

“It’s a good local show that still has a country show feel to it.

“I love the atmosphere, the excitement, the fun – you couldn’t buy it with any amount of money.”

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