One could be forgiven for thinking the 2018 Make Smoking History Canning Show is a weekend music
festival. Yes, the Canning Show grounds will have all the expected thrills of sideshow alley rides, delicious
food, impressive exhibits, on-trend market stalls, animals, great show bags and the electrifying Friday night
fireworks. However, this year the Canning Show is also presenting stage-loads of music entertainment that will
blow away all expectations.

The Cannington Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc and the City of Canning have
joined forces to debut the “Live At” concert series at this year’s Show. Visitors will be dancing to the return of
the now East Coast-based, in-demand soul sisters act, The Merindas, supported by Adam Hall and the
Playboys and the WAM Awards-nominated The Bambuseae Rhythm Section in a concert starting at 6pm on
Saturday 3 November.

Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the Showtime Talent Quest finals will be held, showcasing and discovering
talented local acts on the rise. All ages and abilities auditioned in two heats, demonstrating there is no
shortage of talent in the region. Just some of the performers include: C & J Rockin, two boys, Charlie (11) and
Jack (8) Dudek who play a wicked blues guitar duet with “Bad Moon Rising”. They “love to have new
experiences, new challenges and have fun performing,” says their mother Laurel Dudek. Mimi Dodd felt that
her age…over 30… meant she might be too old to follow her dream but audiences swoon at her rendition of
“Sway.” After yet one more argument between her mother and older sister over homework, Naomi Strickland
(9) wrote the song “Stars” to encourage Sophie (11) to do better. “Her father and I were amazed and in tears
when we heard the song,” said Naomi’s mother, Jacqueline Strickland. “Naomi wanted to go on the big
national TV talent contest but we decided to start local.” Sophie will accompany Naomi on the saxophone for
the Show.

The 2018 Make Smoking History Canning Show runs from Friday 2 November at 5pm-10pm to Saturday 3
November at 9am-10pm. An entertainment bargain at $11 per adult with their children under 16 free. Tickets
are available at Eventbrite or at the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds.

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