Cockatoo plight the theme of show

Cockatoo plight the theme of show

Volunteer Madeline Choules hangs one of the handmade forest red-tail black cockatoos ahead of this year’s Kelmscott Show.

Children of all ages will be encouraged to look high and wide for a number of handmade forest red-tail black cockatoos hanging in the trees at this year’s Kelmscott Show.

The felt cockatoos, which have been handmade by local arts and crafts groups, will be hung in the trees on the Saturday at Rushton Park Showgrounds as part of a competition.

Kelmscott Agricultural Society exhibition hall chief steward Yvonne Busquets said the group decided to include the competition to enlighten and educate the children about the plight of the endangered species.

“It was a way of getting back to basics and including a free activity for children attending the show,” she said.

“There will be in excess of 50 birds hanging at all heights around the showgrounds and it is up to the children to count them and return their answers to be in the running for a prize.”

Other activities such as woodworking, painting of Plaster of Paris models and a children’s interactive zone will also be available at the site of the old Kelmscott swimming pool on the banks of the Canning River.

Ms Busquets said the agricultural society also held a colouring in competition, which included entrants from about 20 local schools.

“We had hundreds of colouring in entries and the winning poster will be exhibited on the main stage in the exhibition hall,” she said.

This year’s Kelmscott Show will be held on October 19 and 20 at the Rushton Park Showgrounds, corner of River Road and Orlando Street.

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The Kelmscott Show is sponsored by Examiner Newspapers.