By EMMA CORNFORD
THE SUN was actually shining for the first day of the Maclean Show yesterday as a number of ring events took place on the main oval.
Show secretary Dawn Stewart said the day had been 'wonderful'.
"We had a record number of showjumpers ... and we've had a lot of beautiful craft and a lot of entries in the schools section which was really good," she said.
"This is the first time we've had art as a section and that's been well patronised.
"We also have scrapbooking this year and there have been some lovely entries. There's really a nice lot of entries in all the sections."
Mrs Stewart said although the crowds were 'intermittent', she expected more people today as the rides opened and most of the events took place.
Today will feature more activities for the family including rides at sideshow alley, Old MacDonald's Farm for the kids and the everpopular fireworks after 8pm.
There will also be the grand parade at 2pm and the Clarence Valley Stockman's Ride at 8pm.
"I've been told there will also be a record number of woodchoppers coming along so that should be fantastic," Mrs Stewart said.
The winner of Maclean Showgirl will also be announced after the official show opening.
Aside from the events, there are cattle and poultry displays, caged birds, arts and crafts and a vintage machinery display.