‘Come Fly With Me’ Show Launch

Friday 4 August saw the Cannington Exhibition Centre open it’s doors to members and guests for “Come Fly With Me” to launch the 2017 Make Smoking History Canning Show and official release of the 2017 Schedule of Entries.

Guests shared a great night with Jake Dennis who filled the hall with his passionate soulful melodies. His reviews said his voice is smokey and warm as chocolate – he certainly lived up to that reputation. Jake Dennis is an internationally published poet with
poems published all over Australia and recently in the UK, US, and NZ.

Many thanks once again to the volunteers who helped pull event together, our cabin crew and safety team. Most of all thanks those who joined us at the event – your time and attendance was most appreciated.

Member Christine Bailey said, “One of the most exciting air trips I’ve been on, & I’ve been on many…but it was interesting to see Max “Mad Max” from the Garden Club win the design competition (paper plane competition) flying by the seat of his pants. I
always knew he was a high flyer but I didn’t know he was the best in the club.

The evening was an opportunity to learn more about how you can become involved with the Show, and those interested in volunteering signed up for various roles including hall stewarding. If you were unfortunate enough to have missed the evening and if you are able to help out stewarding in the halls, make sure you contact Jenny in the office on 9451 1820.

Schedule of Entries

The 2017 Make Smoking History Canning Show schedule of entries is now available to download from HERE.

Hard copies of the schedule will be available at your nearest library or from our administration office.

Members passes will be mailed out with our October Newsletter.

For more information call 9451 1820 or email enquiries@cahrs.com.au




Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held on

Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 7.30pm

Exhibition Hall, Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds.

The AGM is an opportunity for members to meet with the Committee and talk about how the Society should proceed in the future. An organisation such as ours relies upon its membership for support and practical help to present the Canning Show and other activities. Your attendance at the AGM will provide encouragement to move ahead.

Please note that we no longer automatically send out copies of the Annual Report and minutes of the AGM. These documents are now available on our website. If you request a hardcopy we are happy to post one to you.

If you have items of general business you wish the meeting to consider, please contact Executive Officer Dianne before the day of the meeting so she can arrange the agenda.

If you are unable to attend, an apology will be recorded to show your continued interest in the Society.

Your attendance at this meeting is welcomed.



The highly anticipated 2016 Make Smoking History Canning Show roared success. From a sky-high opening fireworks display, to high-notes on the Main Stage with tunes from the Saturday night Fever Bee Gees Tribute. The new Canning Showgrounds held a whole lot of fun filled activity over the duration of this year’s Show, and has set a new tone for what’s to come in future years.
This year’s Exhibition Halls filled with 2881 Entries from 403 exhibitors, with well-deserved awards set to be presented at this coming weekend’s Jelly Bean Jamboree Presentation Dinner.
The Society thanks it’s many sponsors including Lotterywest, Bunnings Warehouse, Westfield Carousel and Professionals Real-estate. It welcomes with thanks to ANZ Mobile Lender Glen Wilkins, and extends a special mention to the City of Canning for it’s rekindled and well-funded support. Lastly a big thankyou to Healthway for it’s sponsorship, promoting the ‘Make Smoking History’ message.
Everyone had fun at the 2016 Make Smoking History Canning Show. A large variety of new fun attractions were enjoyed, including the Silent Disco and Fringe World Festival’s ‘Best Cabaret Nominee’ Danger Cabaret. CAHRS membership for 2017 is NOW OPEN, and the Society invites the community to join the good times ahead. Membership includes an all weekend members pass to the Canning Show, a complimentary ticket for a friend, and discounts to members events held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds all year round.


New Generation of the Canning Show

Sunday 16 October, CAHRS life member and past President Noel Dawkins AM commemorated the official grand-opening of the new Canning Showgrounds. Members and invited guests were privileged to a tour of the 18,000m2 grass laid fresh and reconstructed facilities. Gates will open to the public for the first time November 4 and 5, with the opening weekend of the 2016 Make Smoking History Canning Show.

With the $2.25M project complete, a sensational line up of entertainment and activities has been booked. In spirit of celebration children 15 years and under get free admittance to the Show when accompanied by an adult. Annual festivities returning include the opening fireworks display 9pm Friday night, Sideshow Alley, roving performers, stage entertainment, tasty food vendors, a jam-packed farmland full with petting farms, roaming sheep, free pony rides and the outback production ‘Sydney or the Bush’. New to the Show this year the Fringe World Festival’s Best Cabaret Nominee ‘Danger Cabaret’ hit the Main Stage with ‘Lil Darlings of Vaudeville’, a quirky family friendly show with an assortment of weird and wonderful talents, featuring yo yo-ing, hula hooping, contortion and other eye-popping feats.

Show-goers can also enjoy a free Silent Disco, a remote control trucks area, woodworking workshops thanks to Bunning’s Warehouse, and thanks to funding from the City of Canning children can look forward to FREE rides all weekend on a classic carousel. On display will be local exhibits in arts & crafts, photographs, home & dairy produce, baked goods, garden exhibits and performance art. The closing of the weekend will commence 7pm Saturday 5 November in concert style with the Bee Gee’s Tribute Saturday Night Fever! Gates open 5pm to 10pm Friday 4 November, and 9am to 10pm Saturday 5 November 2016.
General Admit $10, Children FREE.


Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society thanks those which have come on board to support the ‘2016 Make Smoking History Canning Show’. This year’s Show will officially open the newly reconstructed Canning Showgrounds, and has displays, activities and entertainment lined up for the community that could not take place without the support of its valued sponsors.

“We couldn’t do it without you” says Executive Office Dianne Begg, “at a time when Agricultural Shows are faced to compete for every sponsorship dollar, we are soldering on with support from some truly great organisations”.

Healthway have returned promoting the ‘Make Smoking History’ message, injecting much needed funds into the operation of the Show. We’re again joined by Lotterywest to ensure a high quality level of entertainment, production and festivities is provided for the local community. We welcome back Bunnings Warehouse as a major sponsor, and eagerly await the opening of their new massive warehouse on Liege Street and Albany Highway. Westfield Carousel will once again sponsor the Show’s fireworks display, and this year we’ve planned a larger than life sky-high aerial display which will make certain it’s magic is spread over the whole of Cannington. We also welcome back Professionals BW Backhouse & Associates as a long-term supporter of the Show, and as a first time supporter welcome Cannington ANZ Mobile Lending.

A final acknowledgment with sincere thanks is extended to the City of Canning. The council has granted funds for new marquees, a healthy injection of sponsorship to the Show, and promised support in promotions and services. Thank you one and all.

2016 Major Sponsors Logo Bar


Thriving on Arts & Festivities

The Canning, Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society is thriving with a whole lot of arts and festivities leading up to this year’s Make Smoking History Canning Show. CAHRS members and the community are keeping active at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, despite the reconstruction and on-going ground works surrounding them. The Society look forward to opening the new Showgrounds for the Canning Show in November – but for now it’s ‘Act-Belong-Commit Arts & Events Program’ offers more than enough activities for the south-eastern metropolitan area. This comes with great acknowledgment to the funding of Healthway.
The Society look forward to the return of its Choir and Theatre members this week, for another semester of musical and dramaturgical fun after it’s successful sell-out performance of ‘the Sound of Music’. Choir and Theatre members meet Thursday nights and are always looking for keen new members to join in on theatrical antics. Our annual ‘Get Ready for the Show’ workshops are set for Sunday 24 July, and promise to offer a great afternoon of fun. This year’s workshops will focus on scrapbooking, card-Making, origami and a painting class – places are limited and participants are encouraged to register quickly. Finally, Saturday 30 July is set to kick off our yearly ‘Showtime Talent Quest’, with three heats taking place August, September and October, and the big finale scheduled for the Main Stage at the 2016 Make Smoking History Canning Show.
For more information on the events and activities at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, visit our facebook page, phone 9451 1820 or go to www.cahrs.com.au. Interested members of the public are required to call in advance for registration

The Sound of Music

This year the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society successfully
obtained the rights to produce ‘The Sound of Music’. In its fifth year, the Society’s
Theatre Group – entitled the Canning Show Performance Troupe – joined forces with
the Society’s Show Choir to put on this time-honoured musical, and is part of the
Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showground’s ‘Act-Belong-Commit Arts & Events
Program’ proudly supported by Healthway.

The production is an amateur showcase, with cast members ranging in various levels of experience. It is a venture that is exciting for all, with door sales injected back into the community to support and encourage local theatre and artistic pursuits for the residents of the south-eastern metropolitan area.

SHOWING: 7pm Friday 13 May 2016
$30 General Admit
$15 CAHRS Members/Concession/Children 15yrs & Under
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West Australian – Fringe World Review


Pirate Gives Hearty Show – 3.5 stars

Review: Varnya Bromilow

As Fringe World ventures beyond the inner-city, I guess someone’s gotta draw Cannington. While the effort to bring Fringiness to the ‘burbs is welcome, indeed valiant, it was hard not to attribute the Friday night audience of just 11 to the location. Undaunted by this undesired intimacy, Michael Speranza leapt into the breach…ARRRR!

Speranza is trained as a circus performer and fire artist but it’s the circus skills that are on show in this lively 40-minute show. He is entirely comfortable onstage, using his lanky goofy aspect to great comic effect.

He mugs, he mimes, he looks you in the eye, as relaxed onstage as you or I might be on the couch in front of the telly. He’s a definite showman, but his brand of showmanship has such a casual, almost incidental feel that at times it felt like someone’s funny uncle had turned up in costume to amuse the kids. (No surprise then that Speranza has a brisk side-line in kids’ parties).

It’s only once he gets the circus props out that you realise there’s serious talent lurking behind the manic energy. Balls glide along limbs, in and out of hands, spinning upon fingertips. Pins are juggled, risky tricks are executed. My junior companions were gob-smacked.

The only misstep was the inclusion of an assistant, who seemed like an unwilling volunteer, making excuses for herself and breaking Speranza’s buffoonish spell. But then, I think I was more perturbed by her attitude than he was.

This is a fun, charming show with a modest home-made feel. Adults might be a little underwhelmed but for the sub-ten set it’s perfect Fringe fodder.

Fringe World Festival comes to Cannington!

The Fringe World Festival comes to Cannington in 2016. Held annually over thirty-one days, Perth’s Fringe is the world’s third biggest festival and this New Year CAHRS will join in supporting West Australian artists. Interested locals can drop in to Administration to pick up their copy of the Festival’s Schedule of Events!

Albany Highway is to be lined with the famous pink flags of Fringe as the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds get ready to host the family friendly pirate production ‘Arrr is for Adventure!’ by local artist Michael Speranza (known by his alter-ego Pirateman). The Liddelow Pavillion will be filled with juggling, circus tricks, puppetry and mime in an exciting pirate voyage show for the whole family. Brimming with piratical antics, visual stunts and lessons for everyone, this new showcase of skills explores the exciting treasure of adventures!

Nautical Nonsense and Sea Shanty Shenanigans will be had along the way with a treasure trove full of fun and good feelings! Arrr!” says Pirateman.

For more information on the production ‘Arrr is for Adventure’ and to book tickets visit www.fringeworld.com.au or call Box Office on 9227 6288.

2016 Arrr is for Adventure Image





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