LET IT BEGIN: Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society president Brett Boatfield at Friday's opening.
LET IT BEGIN: Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society president Brett Boatfield at Friday's opening. Matthew Purcell

Weather fails to dampen crowds

ORGANISERS, competitors and punters weren't handed any sort of reprieve from Mother Nature on the show's opening day as Stanthorpe shivered through its coldest ever February day.

But testament to the community, hundreds braved the rain on Friday while thousands passed through the gate on Saturday.

"Our crowds were down significantly with our gates and takings in general (on Friday),” Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society president Brett Boatfield said.

"But as this community always does, as things started fining up on Saturday afternoon, by 5pm we had a pretty good crowd.

"I went and talked to the stallholders and showman's members and they were all happy with Saturday and said it was an excellent crowd.

"Considering the weather it was still a good show.”

Mr Boatfield expected they lost roughly half their predicted takings for the Friday. He said it had a significant impact on the budget for the 2019 show.

Despite that, there were plenty of happy faces around the place, with a huge line-up of entertainment.

Mr Boatfield said the double fireworks display on the Saturday was excellent, while the rooftop express and demolition derby were as popular as ever.

"We've already started on preparation for next year,” he said.

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