The purpose of the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society is to promote participate in and encourage public participation in all forms of sport and racing recreation and cultural affairs.

The Canning Show, which is their most popular event, first started in 1894 as a horticultural show and grew in popularity. The government provided funds for a hall which opened in May 1897.  The Canning Agricultural and Horticultural Society was officially formed in 1909 to showcase all the primary industries of the district.  The grounds of the Society expanded through the foresight of the committee over the decades.  In the early 1970s a submission was made to government to develop greyhound racing in Western Australia, with the State’s first track being opened in Cannington in 1974.  The annual Canning Show continues to be a feature of community life in the 21st century.

The Canning Show is held in the first weekend of November, attracts around 10,000 people from Cannington and the south-east metropolitan region.

Quick Facts

  • 1894 - First Canning Horticultural Shows held
  • 1909 - Canning Agricultural and Horticultural Society established
  • 1970s - Canning Greyhound Racing Association was established
  • Address - 1 Station Street, Cannington
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