Volunteers keep show afloat
VOLUNTEERS are the difference between the success and failure of the Grafton Show, says show society president Rex Green.
Mr Green said thanking volunteers for their work during the show as well as in the lead-up was the highest of priorities.
"Without the efforts of people giving up a day or half a day of their time to man exhibits this just would not run," he said.
He said nothing showed this more clearly than the effort a group of volunteers made in preparing the new exhibition pavilion.
"Our local state Member, Chris Gulaptis, got us a grant, but most of the work was done by volunteers from the show society and people who just turned up off the street to help us get the job done."
Completing the shed on time turned out touch and go with the finishing touches going on just as exhibitors were setting up.
Mr Green said the 2014 show was on track to be one of the best in recent times.
"We had a gate of about $20,000 on Friday, which was up on the $15,000 or so we had last night," he said.
"I haven't got the figures yet for Saturday, but my feeling is it was one of the best we've seen here for a number of years."
Mr Green said the exhibits had shown an improvement on those of the past few years when floods had hit local farmers.
"We had a drought over the past summer, so it shows floods are worse for us than droughts," he said.
"Both the quantity and quality of the exhibits has been the best we've seen for years."
Mr Green said crowds had been well-behaved.
"We had a lady ring to complain the fireworks woke up her," he said. "That's the type of complaint you don't mind too much."