The Narrogin Agricultural Show is set to draw thousands of people from across the region for its 116th year on Saturday — with a special focus on supporting mental health after the impacts of the pandemic and the February bushfires. The annual festivities will transform Clayton Road Oval, Alby Park and the Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre into a hub of family friendly activities and entertainment on October 15. The show, which has been running since 1901, is expected to attract up to 5000 people across the weekend as it celebrates “kambarang” — one of the six Noongar seasons. Kicking off at 9am, traditional agricultural show entertainment will be on display including blade shearing, wool and sheep competitions, dog agility demonstrations and Old McDonald’s Farm. The popular Eco Fairies, roving magicians, a stilt-walker, circus challenge, laser corps and a climbing wall will be among the children’s activities at this year’s show. The fashion parade will also be making a comeback at the YMCA stage. Attendees can peruse a line-up of market stalls as well as an Aboriginal art exhibition, Narrogin Homecare residents showcase and a model railway display. In line with this year’s theme of supporting mental health in the region, Australian cricket great and Lifeline WA ambassador Brad Hogg will be giving a speech. The Narrogin-born, Williams-raised cricketer will be speaking about the highs and lows of his career and how he overcame struggles with depression and alcohol. His aim is to destigmatise the issues and get people talking about their mental health. Narrogin Agricultural Show president Keith Guest said this year’s show had a focus on mental wellbeing. “The main the reason for that is because of the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and the bushfires that people experienced in February,” he said. “We are setting up a mental health hub that’s got about eight different groups or stalls there such as Act Belong Commit. “We’ve got Brad Hogg coming down and he is going to be giving a speech and a signing of his new book, and that’s in regards to mental health as well.” This year’s show coincides with the return of the Narrogin Kambarang Spring Open Gardens on Sunday, which will puts some of the best-kept gardens on show to the public to raise money for charities. “We are also bringing back the open gardens, and all of the gardeners are going to be giving the donations raised back to these organisations to hopefully go back into the community to help people locally,” Mr Guest said. Team members of a project led by Noongar Wilman elders and based around the Dryandra Woodland National Park will be hosting an information stall at the show on Saturday before an excursion on Sunday. On Sunday, project leader Darryl Kickett and UWA Professor Stephen Hopper will conduct a free guided bushwalk through Dryandra for attendees to learn about the area from both a Wilman and Western science perspective. “The Healing Land, Healing People project and excursion is something that we’re really pushing this year to get more people involved and to open up people’s eyes to the Indigenous stories and knowledge of this area,” Mr Guest said. To register for the walk, visit the Healing Land, Healing People stall on Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky at 7pm on Saturday followed by live music and DJ entertainment. Entry is $6 for adults, $3 for under-18s and free for children under six. For tickets, visit the gate or bit.ly/3Vhxxq7.