THE weekend deluge forced organisers of the 66th Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show and Rodeo to call an early end to proceedings on Saturday.
The rodeo and fireworks planned for Saturday night at Morisset Showground were cancelled, and Sunday's program of events was abandoned.
Show president Justin Rumore said the committee was up late on Friday night working on contingency plans.
"It was just far too dangerous to run the rodeo, but a lot of the horse events were held on the Saturday," Mr Rumore said.
Free admission was offered on Saturday because of the reduced program, and Mr Rumore estimated a few thousand people braved the weather.
Events in the pavilions were well patronised, and the live entertainment was popular.
"We had 27 entries in the home brewing competition, which we were holding for the first time, the poultry competitions went ahead, and the horticultural entries were up, which we were surprised about," he said.
Mr Rumore said plans were being made to host a free family fun day at Morisset Showground, within a month, to allow the running of some of the key events that had been scheduled for Sunday.
They include qualifying events for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Among the events that were cancelled on Sunday were the wife carrying race, young farmers challenge, and a number of dog events.
Mr Rumore said it was important to give locals a chance to qualify for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.