2011 Grafton Showgirl Madeline McDonald couldn’t wipe the smile off her face at the opening ceremony of the Grafton Show.
2011 Grafton Showgirl Madeline McDonald couldn’t wipe the smile off her face at the opening ceremony of the Grafton Show. Jojo Newby

Smaller crowds couldn't stop show

THIS year’s Grafton Agricultural Show may not have had the record numbers that last year’s show had, but the numbers were still pretty good, said president Allan Morgan.

Mr Morgan described this year’s attendance figures as “average to above average” but said conflicting events and the economic climate did have a noticeable effect.

“Because we were clashing with a few other local events our attendance was back a little, but we’re quite happy with it,” he said.

“All sections had good exhibits (and) the bull ride last night drew a capacity crowd around the ring.

“We had riders from as far as the Victorian border, and there were a few local riders here too, and everything went off really well.”

Mr Morgan said having the Coffs Harbour Agricultural Show running at the same time as the Grafton Show may have also affected numbers.

“It has to have some kind of an impact on us,” he said.

“If we have people here that were exhibiting at both Grafton and Coffs Harbour they would have to be here one day and gone the second day.”

“Probably another impact for us was that we clashed with the Big River Campdraft in South Grafton.”

On the upside, Mr Morgan said the beautiful weather was a bonus; as were high numbers of section entries.

He said there were about 120 entries in the alpacas and about 90 entries in the cattle section.



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