THIS year's show was like a slow-burning cracker - fizzing slowly before going off with a bang.

A bumper crop of punters through the turnstiles on Saturday made up for what was a pretty quiet Friday, according to Sue Patricks, secretary of the Grafton Show.

The rodeo, as in past years, was a real crowd puller and it was packed to capacity in sideshow alley, Ms Patricks said.

The reptile nursery and the animal nursery were the big hits for the children.

Rodeo committee member Denis Reilly said it was very pleasing to see such a good crowd at the rodeo.

The official numbers hadn't been tallied by yesterday afternoon, but judging by eye, it had been one of the best crowds ever, he said.

The big winner on the night was the open and novice bull riding.

Mr Reilly said it was a tough night for the riders, which included last year's Australian champion.

"The bulls all were all very good. They did their part," he said.

The only disappointment was some bad weather that meant the horse events had to be cancelled.



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