The biggest show ever!
IT is hard to wipe the smile from the face of Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society president Neville Hayward.
Despite the economic downturn in the general economy, the Grafton Show is enjoying a boom and Neville claims this year's event attracted the biggest crowds in the event's history.
Bumper turnouts on Friday and Saturday nights had show organisers claiming the numbers through the turnstiles were up considerably on previous years.
“It was certainly the biggest attendance since I've been the society president, and this is my 21st year in the position,” an excited Neville said yesterday.
“In fact it was probably an all-time record attendance.
“There is a lot of hard work in the 12-month period leading up to a show and everyone in the committee room last night was ecstatic.”
The response to the action-packed show program was so strong that on Saturday night patrons were reporting long queues and a 20-minute wait to get through the turnstiles.
Neville put the interest in the show down to the all-round strength of the program - from exiting sideshow rides to top-class displays.
He said the most popular events included the FMX Kaos motocross demonstration, the sheepdogs competing against local rugby league players and the display in the T.J. Ford Pavilion.
Samantha Dive was named Grafton Showgirl.
Neville said the only disappointment was the sad news that former long-serving society president, Frank Clark, died on Friday. A minute's silence was observed during the official opening on Saturday in memory of Mr Clark.