Wet weather won't dampen show
WHEN the heavens opened up just before the start of the 2010 Yellow Pages 4WD Caravan Camping & Marine Show in Lismore, exhibitor Jason Disson went to work covering his site with woodchips.
Ironically, Mr Disson, owner of Disco Marine, said the wet weather didn't make selling boats any easier.
“It's a battle, but they're the conditions and you just have to deal with it,” he said.
“Besides, it was wet last year and we still had a great show.”
Mr Disson, from Grafton, thought he had picked one of the best locations at the Lismore Showground – but when the rain came he found it was also one of the low points of the showground.
“It's a good location when it's wet, but it's a great location when it's dry,” he said.
“Hopefully we'll still get a good rollout of people.”
One of 220 exhibitors at the 13th annual Yellow Pages 4WD Caravan Camping & Marine Show, Mr Disson is supplying the boat being raffled to help raise funds for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
“It's a Stacer Proline, with a Mercury 30 horsepower outboard motor, and we subsidised the cost of the boat by putting in $6000,” he said.
Meanwhile, event co-ordinator Howard Atkinson was busy organising ‘truckloads' of woodchips and metal dust to help dry out the sodden grounds.
“We've brought a number of truckloads in and we've done it to make it comfortable for everyone,” he said.
Mr Atkinson is expecting more than 10,000 people to pass through the gates during the three-day event, which starts today.
“It's such a good, big show and we have tons of entertainment for everyone in the family,” he said.
One of the highlights will be the freestyle motocross trials, featuring recently-crowned world champion Jack Field, from Rosebank.
Due to the weather, Mr Atkinson said there would be a free courtesy bus delivering people from external pick-up points right to the entry gates.
Despite the weather being one of the biggest challenges for exhibitors, Mr Atkinson said everyone was remaining positive. “We're right now though. The skies seem to be clearing and everyone's got a smile on their face,” he said.