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Show still a hit

Monday, 19th September, 2011

CLOWNING AROUND: Cohen Tonkin, 5, tries his luck on the laughing clowns sideshow. CLOWNING AROUND: Cohen Tonkin, 5, tries his luck on the laughing clowns sideshow.

By Kurtis Eichler

Nine huge show rides, a jaw-dropping fireworks display and thousands of revelers through the gates made the Silver City Show one to remember, organisers say.

As temperatures reached 30 degrees over the weekend, children and adults across the city took a ride on the wild side and indulged their sweet tooth at the 122nd Show.

Describing the event as “spectacular”, Silver City Show committee secretary John Ralph said not many rural shows could boast nine “big rides”.

“I think it was a pretty successful show,” he said.

The event’s 20 minute fireworks display was hailed by show-goers as the best they had seen, he said.

“The final moments were just unbelievable.”

Despite food vendors having choices such as Chinese and baked potatoes for people to sink their teeth into, Mr Ralph said it still lacked variety.

“The food court would have really needed another van. The variety just wasn’t there this year.”

After a steady decline in attendance from 14,000 in 2008 to 11,000 last year, Mr Ralph estimated this year’s total attendance to be between 12,000 and 13,000.

“It didn’t get to what I thought it would be.”

he said he had been hoping for 15,000 to be in attendance at this year’s event.

“When that wind come up on Saturday, we didn’t have many people on the oval.”

Mr Ralph said the Williams Street gate was down $3000 on Saturday, possibly due to the strong, hot wind making its way over the Show grounds.

However Thursday’s opening night saw gate takings increase by $2500.

Police were also happy with the event, even though two of the city’s dogs didn’t enjoy the fireworks.

“We had two (suspected) pitbulls loose at the racecourse,” a police spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said Police were contacted by the caretakers of the course yesterday morning, and Council retrieved the dogs.

“We had no dramas - there were no complaints.”

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