Crowd in show of support at Alstonville
IT WAS her first show and you couldn't wipe the smile off Charlie Short's face on Saturday at the 126th Alstonville Show.
The four-year-old Broadwater girl and her family were among the thousands of people who enjoyed the annual two-day event on Friday and Saturday.
"I liked the duck races and the slushies," Charlie said after getting her face painted by Polly Esta.
"Every time we go to the markets I get my face painted and today I chose a butterfly.
"I'm getting a Frozen show bag before I go home."
Alstonville Agricultural Society vice-president Geoff Wilson said some of the highlights of this year's show were bull riding, the Eljay stunt riders, wood chopping, show jumping, the cattle and poultry and the pavilion displays.
"On Friday we had working dog trials with 150 entries, which was a great success," he said.
"Stallholders commented that this was the largest crowd we have had over the past few years."
Entrants in the ring events came from as far afield as the Sunshine Coast.
"All the feedback from stallholders and entrants indicates the country show scene is alive and well in Alstonville," Mr Wilson said.
"Judging by the number of people here on Friday and Saturday morning we will be set for a record breaking year."
Families flocked to sideshow alley with show bags and rides including dodgem cars proving popular.
As hundreds of showgoers enjoyed the fabulous warm weather, the Super Slushie stand did a roaring trade. Crowds of people, both young and old, laughed and smiled as they watched the spectacle of "Mick Duck Dundee" and his racing ducks.
Garden lovers perused the hundreds of flowers and plants on display in the pavilion, from prize-winning roses and orchids to native floral arrangements.
The show culminated with the traditional spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night.
- Miss Showgirl winner: Maya Layton
- Miss Showgirl runner -up: Brooke Convery
- Showgirl winner: Alyson Elliott
- Showgirl runner-up: Bethany Lock