MORE than 12,000 people filed through the gates at Morisset Showground over the weekend for the 65th Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show.
Show president Justin Rumore said it was another impressive turnout, following the record attendance of 2018.
“We think the crowd on Sunday was up 30 to 40 per cent [on 2018],” Mr Rumore said.
Sunday was promoted as ‘Fun Day’ at the show, and families responded in droves.
But it was the rodeo, on Saturday night, that was again the major drawcard.
“We had a big influx of people from 4.30pm on Saturday for the rodeo, and the fireworks after the rodeo were outstanding.
“And Kate Clancy did a show where they turned the lights down in the arena and her horses came out with lights on them. That was pretty spectacular,” Mr Rumore said.
A new event, the Young Farmers Challenge, was won by a local team comprising three women and a man, he said.
The event tested each team’s ability to complete an obstacle course and carry out farm-related activities such as building a fence, and carrying buckets of water.
Hope Vella, of Bonnells Bay, was crowned Miss Showgirl.
Mr Rumore said heavy rain on Friday night leaked into the pavilions, which meant volunteers were up until 1am protecting exhibits.