BUMPER CROWDS FLOCK TO SHOW
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
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.