This Day in History: 1981-10-17

Accompanied by gentle soaking rain, the so-called 128th Toodyay Agricultural Show was held in the Toodyay Showgrounds, a week later than usual, due to the Perth Royal Show dates. Horse jumping events had been deleted due to the lack of suitable equipment and insufficient ground area. Photography was included again, having been deleted in 1974. For the first time, trophies were presented on Show day, at 4.30pm, to the winners by the trophy donors. A new trophy was donated by Jim Hassell for the best horse-drawn vehicles in the Grand Parade (the Jim Hassell Perpetual Trophy, Concourse d’Elegance), won by Rhyl Emperor ‘P’, entered by R. Budiselic. The Teddy Bear Picnic Parade attracted 500 bears entered by 160 people. The President of the Toodyay Agricultural Society was Brian Wood. Pam Masters of the Toodyay Tourist Centre undertook the duties of Secretary/Treasurer as a paid position. Actually, it was really the 123rd Show, due to Shows not being held in the war years (1914, 1942-1945).

Sources:
Toodyay Agricultural Society. Schedule of prizes, 1981.
Northam advertiser, 28 May 1981, p.8; 15 Oct. 1981, p.18 (photos); 22 Oct. 1981, pp. 4-5, 24 (photos).