Fantastic field days
Monday, 10th May, 2010
Ideal weather conditions, recent rain and some star attractions combined to make the weekend's Agfair a huge success.
The event attracted about 11,000 people - 1,000 up of the 2008 fair - and Agfair chairman Kevin Taylor said stall holders were pleased with the crowds and their sales.
The results were excellent, he said.
"We noticed the numbers were well up on Friday (on the figures for the 2008), and that could be put down to the better conditions on the land."
He said the more positive feeling among graziers was probably the main contributor to the increase.
He agreed that the appearance of cricket-great Glenn McGrath at the Elders stand on Friday would also have been a big influence on the Friday attendances.
Mr Taylor said a good indicator of the more positive feelings were the sales of bulls at Agfair.
"A Santa Gertrudis breeder brought 11 bulls to the event and sold 12 by lunchtime on Friday.
"The cattle yards set up at Agfair were also sold by the end of the two days."
The entertainment was a big contributor, with the operator of the racing car simulator reporting 690 rides on Friday and over 1,000 on Saturday.
The Xtreme Trials motorcycle rider was also well received and celebrity chef Fast Ed packed out the Woolshed for each of his cooking demonstrations.