We had a bumper show
THE impact of the Ipswich Show on Gympie remains to be put into a monetary figure, but Gympie Show Society president Lars Hedberg said he was pleased with the public's attendance at the weekend.
"We don't know the numbers, but we expect there were around 60,000 visitations," he said.
Show Society secretary Deb Rowlands confirmed yesterday the Ipswich Show would not be moving to the same weekend as the Gympie Show on a permanent basis.
"They're supposed to go back to their original show dates," she said.
Mrs Rowlands said even though the Dubbo and Brookfield events were also on the same weekend, it was still a great country show in Gympie.
Mr Hedberg said the main impact of the Ipswich Show was some showjumping competitor entries were down.
"We had competitors telling us they didn't want to chose, they wanted to compete at both shows," he said. "We were fully sold out on all the space, the weather was fantastic. We think it was one of the best shows."
Mr Hedberg is encouraging people who had a "good experience" at the show to "pat a volunteer on the back".
"Every year they do a good job," he explained.
The show society is now busy cleaning up the showgrounds today and expects to have everything packed up by tpmorrow.
Mr Hedberg said planning and reviewing for next year's show was already under way.