All action as shows defy gloom

CLARENCE Valley show secretaries Dawn Stewart and Sue Patricks are pulling out all the stops to attract families to next week's shows amid a harsh economic climate.

While rising costs have contributed to slightly higher entry fees this year, there will be discount passes available for families.

Headline entertainment in the main ring has also been overhauled at both the Grafton and Maclean shows in the hope of attracting large crowds.

Fast, loud and action-packed events will feature at both shows.

In Maclean on Tuesday and Wednesday, the headline act will be the Maclean Demolition Derby, with $1000 in prizemoney up for grabs.

Old favourites such as fireworks, an animal farm, the reptile man, pet obedience, cooking, craft, woodchop and sideshow alley will also feature.

“The Maclean Show is an alcohol free event and we want families to feel they can come along and have a great time,” Ms Stewart said.

In Grafton next Friday and Saturday, the action will continue with the FMX Chaos motocross display, as well as a display from the Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rhinos showing off their sheep herding skills.

Traditional drawcards such as fireworks, camel races, horses, show jumping, the pavilion and sideshow alley will continue.

Ms Patricks said rising insurance costs and a lack of sponsorship had contributed to a slight increase in entry fees; however a family value pass would be available for $35 while a heavily discounted membership ticket was available for the whole weekend.

“It's probably not the best year to do it (increase the gate price) but we had to cover our costs,” she said.

Likewise, Ms Stewart said families could pick up discounts, including a membership family ticket of $28 at the Maclean Show.

Despite hard economic times, Ms Patricks and Ms Stewart were confident residents would come out to enjoy their local show.

In particular, businesses had showed interest in trade-side sites, with all sites already booked out.

  •  Residents keen to show off their exhibits should contact Maclean Show on 6645 1534 before 11am Monday. For Grafton Show, call 6642 4240 .

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