9000 people attend the show

THE 61st Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show boasted a record attendance level and record number of indoor trade exhibits on the weekend.

Esperance and Districts Agricultural Society President Ewin Stewart said that $100,000 was taken on the gate over the two-day annual event, which included a Government payment for children under the age of 13 to receive free entry.

“Last year we had 9000 people attend the show; this year about 9,500 people came along,” Mr Stewart said.

“We had a big day on the entry gate on Friday, with many two-day passes sold, and took an increase of $20,000 compared to last year.”

The wool section had a record number of 138 fleeces on display and there were an increased number of indoor exhibits.

Mr Stewart said that an additional 10 metres of marquee boosted the show’s stallholder capacity this year, which was fully booked far in advance of the event.

“We actually had to decline potential stall-holders as we didn’t have room to accommodate them, the space filled up so quickly,” Mr Stewart said.

This year’s show went well and there was only one minor mishap.

“Unfortunately, the celebrity chef arrived on Thursday then had to cancel due to personal reasons, but a local chef took his place,” Mr Stewart said.

Mr Stewart said that the free entertainment provided across the two days cost the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Society $25,000 to supply.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with this years show, especially the contribution of all the volunteers,” he said

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