Darkan Sheepfest 2020
Hot weather and blustery winds did not deter the crowds from the second Darkan Sheepfest on February 8 at the Darkan Recreation Centre.
Over 1500 people came through the gates to see the displays and watch the shearing competition. As well as the shearing competitions, there were working dog displays and a very amusing Young Farmer Challenge.
Teams of young people each had to race through a range of tasks, from pipe assembly, to seed identification to having a steady hand in the egg and spoon race.
Zagro representative, Marcia Devenney, said: “It was lovely to see so many families and young people out for the day. Every display had a big crowd and the final open shearing competition was the highlight. I spoke to many people who all mentioned how friendly and fun the day was for them.”
After a great day talking to farmers and visitors, it was obvious that the sheep industry is front and centre in the activities of the district.
“It was great to see the stud breeders as well as the services attached to the wool industry talking about their sheep, their plans and how they support each other. From breeding to the final products in fine apparel, there was much to learn and we were happy to be a sponsor on the day,” said Marcia.