BUMPER CROWDS FLOCK TO SHOW

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD jane. ar­mit­stead@ news. com. au

IT WAS all about the rides, show­bags and dag­wood dogs for chil­dren and the young at heart over the week­end, in­clud­ing Si­enna Gib­bons, 8, ( pic­tured) who joined a bumper crowd to en­joy the Townsville Show.

Or­gan­is­ers said at­ten­dance num­bers were on track to sur­pass last year with one of the busiest events yet.

Thou­sands more show- go­ers are ex­pected to pile through the gates for the fi­nal day to­day.

How­ever, the ex­cite­ment of the show was damp­ened for some af­ter a lamb was stolen from the pet­ting zoo.

PEO­PLE turned out in droves to en­joy the fun of the Townsville Show and thou­sands more are ex­pected to pile through the gates for the fi­nal day to­day.

Or­gan­is­ers said at­ten­dance num­bers were on track to sur­pass last year’s crowd of about 63,000 peo­ple.

Townsville Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Chris Con­don said it had been one of the busiest shows yet.

“We are by far the big­gest show in Queens­land and we’re only get­ting busier ev­ery year,” he said of the event at Townsville Show­grounds.

“On Satur­day night, be­tween 5pm and 8pm ev­ery­thing was swamped, there were peo­ple lin­ing up for about 100m to get tick­ets at the gate.

“We are re­ally happy with how it is go­ing, the gate tak­ings are up on last year.”

Mr Con­don said the Mon­ster Trucks, sideshow al­ley, show­bag pav­il­ion and the new Miss Townsville com­pe­ti­tion were among the big­gest at­trac­tions.

“There’s no doubt that the Mon­ster Trucks are what peo­ple come to see,” he said. “The grand­stands are al­ways full and tens of thou­sands can watch it at once.

“We also have 35 ma­jor rides, which is more than the Bris­bane Ekka.”

Mr Con­don said that 32 en­trants were vy­ing for the Miss Townsville crown, with the win­ner to be an­nounced tonight.

“We’ve had a great turnout for the heats each night with the ar­eas where it’s held ab­so­lutely full,” he said.

Linda Gib­bons said her daugh­ters Si­enna, 8, and Ruby, 3, looked for­ward to the show ev­ery year.

“We bought plenty of show­bags and they went on lots of rides, but the an­i­mal farm was their favourite.”

We are by far the big­gest show in Queens­land and we’re only get­ting busier ev­ery year

CHRIS CON­DON

Pic­tures: ZAK SIM­MONDS

ABOVE: Sis­ters Kar­lie Laid­low, 4, and LarnieRose Laid­low, 6, with some sweet treats. RIGHT: Nixon May­oc­chi, 7, and Tiara Tay­lor, 11, on a thrilling ride. BE­LOW: Noah Walker, 4, was happy with his choice of show­bag.

Mount Low sis­ters Kayle, 5, and Heidi Sands, 3.

Brady Cza­pracki, 7, and his sis­ter Brielle, 4.

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