Thou­sands flock to show for day of fun

Sideshow al­ley was a full house as thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to the 88th an­nual Wa­roona Show on Satur­day.

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Michael Philipps

This year’s Wa­roona Show has bro­ken an at­ten­dance record with more than 18,000 vis­i­tors for the one-day event, ac­cord­ing to show pres­i­dent Eric Walm­s­ley.

Mr Walm­s­ley said he was amazed to see the fig­ures con­sid­er­ing there were other events be­ing held on the day, in­clud­ing the Dar­danup Bull and Bar­rel Fes­ti­val.

“We had more than 18,500 peo­ple come through the gates ac­cord­ing to our fig­ures,” he said.

“It was a beau­ti­ful day and the whole event just ran so smoothly which was fan­tas­tic to see.

“Our big­gest prob­lem was get­ting peo­ple into the gate quick enough and a lot of shows would love to have that prob­lem.

“Last year we sold 300 tick­ets through our on­line sales but this year we man­aged to sell around 1100 so that shows how much it has grown.”

Mr Walm­s­ley said there were a num­ber of records bro­ken on the day.

“Records tum­bled in our car­cass com­pe­ti­tion, our grand cham­pion steer brought $3500 which is the most that has ever been paid for a cham­pion steer here,” he said.

“A lot of the peo­ple come from that south­ern cor­ri­dor from Jar­rah­dale and Ser­pen­tine and fur­ther south who come down to have a look.

“The fire­works were fan­tas­tic, the whole crowd be­haved per­fectly and even the next day there was rel­a­tively lit­tle to clean up.

“So our tak­ings were the best we have ever done and the sideshow guys said it was the best they have ever done.

“So it is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to see if any other shows are go­ing to be able to top that.

“We even had the vice pres­i­dent of the Royal Show come down and he said he was get­ting ideas from our show for their event.”

Mr Walm­s­ley said the show also boosted the town’s econ­omy due to the num­ber of tourists com­ing to the event.

“It is very hard to gauge the im­pact of the show but the ho­tels and the tav­ern said it was their big­gest day ever,” he said.

“The cafes lead­ing up to the show, be­cause of the sideshow op­er­a­tors and all the peo­ple in town, they saw a real boost.

“The traf­fic com­ing from Man­durah was vir­tu­ally bumper to bumper from Wa­roona to Coolup – we even had the Aus­tralind train bring­ing peo­ple into town.”

Mr Walm­s­ley said he was proud of the work the show’s com­mit­tee had put into the event.

“We start pre­par­ing for the show in Fe­bru­ary with our first gen­eral meet­ing,” he said.

“There are about 35 peo­ple on the com­mit­tee now which is a great num­ber.

“All of them put an enor­mous amount of ef­fort into mak­ing it such a spe­cial day.”

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