Bangalow's Show keeps on growing
WITH many rural shows in decline, Bangalow Show president Michael O'Meara is just grateful his event is headed the other way.
The number of showgoers and entries in almost all categories at Bangalow Show this year were up on last year.
"Numbers have been up everywhere," Mr O'Meara said. "There were 120 entries in the maiden Novice Camp Draft and there's about 120 head of beef here today.
"We're getting people from further afield too, mainly from up in Queensland."
The first day of the show, held on Friday, attracted one-third more people than last year.
During the years, strong attendance numbers have allowed Bangalow Show to boast a wide variety of first-class
rides which many other rural shows could not.
"A lot of the bigger rides have to be brought down on semi-trailers and it costs them a lot of money," Mr O'Meara said.
"We get a good crowd that's happy to spend a bit of money, so it's worth them bringing the bigger machinery down here."
Showman Eden Courtney brought his Rock 'n' Roll ride, which spun people in chairs around in a circle and upside down, down from Brisbane for the show, held Friday and Saturday.
"Yesterday, a few people had a go but today (Saturday) has been great numbers-wise," he said.
In recent years, the show's most popular events were the Stockman Ironman and Belt Buckle and Boots Race. However, Mr O'Meara was keen to see how the show's newest addition, a Ute Push, would be received this year.
"You get a team of four people - a female, a dog and two guys - and they get out in the middle of the ring and push
the ute for the fast
est time," he explained. "We're hoping to get a few of the local rugby and soccer teams here competing against each other."
This year marked the 113th annual Bangalow Show and other feature events included a Bush Poets Breakfast, Hooves of Thunder and Dog High Jump.