The Al­bany Agri­cul­tural Show drew more than 22,000 peo­ple for its re­turn to the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar show­grounds. Here, celebrity chef Anna Gare en­joys the show.

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Al­bany Agri­cul­ture Show re­turned with a bang last week­end and set a record of more than 22,000 visi­tors — the big­gest crowd since its de­but in 1889.

Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety sec­re­tary trea­surer Car­olyn Cock­ayne was thrilled to see the as­tound­ing com­mu­nity sup­port, es­pe­cially af­ter all the hard work the So­ci­ety put into re­turn­ing the show to its re­built home at the show­grounds.

“I met a 92-year-old lady that hasn’t been to the show for over 20 years, but she fi­nally de­cided to go again last week­end,” Ms Cock­ayne said.

“I think ev­ery­one just loved the at­mos­phere. The dis­play was great and there was some­thing go­ing on ev­ery­where — there was no chance of be­ing bored.

“Peo­ple also said that Fri­day night fire­works were the best they’ve ever seen.”

But as the new show­ground is not yet fully com­pleted, Ms Cock­ayne said there were some ex­pected teething is­sues around the lay­out.

“Early on Fri­day it was quite dif­fi­cult to get into one of the pavil­ions, but that will be com­pleted in Jan­uary — all of that will be new and fresh for next year,” she said.

The Al­bany Agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety plan to pro­vide bet­ter sig­nage for next year’s show and en­hanced wheel­chair ac­cess around the show­grounds.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Bre­hanna Gil­lam with her re­serve bird of show.

Kane Harry in sideshow al­ley.

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