Big show a boon for whole town

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Michael PhilippsHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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This year’s Waroona Show has broken an attendance record with more than 18,000 visitors for the one-day event, according to show president Eric Walmsley.

Mr Walmsley said he was amazed to see the figures considering there were other events being held on the day, including the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival.

“We had more than 18,500 people come through the gates according to our figures,” he said.

“It was a beautiful day and the whole event just ran so smoothly which was fantastic to see.

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“Our biggest problem was getting people into the gate quick enough and a lot of shows would love to have that problem.

“Last year we sold 300 tickets through our online sales but this year we managed to sell around 1100 so that shows how much it has grown.”

Mr Walmsley said there were a number of records broken on the day.

“Records tumbled in our carcass competition, our grand champion steer brought $3500 which is the most that has ever been paid for a champion steer here,” he said.

“A lot of the people come from that southern corridor from Jarrahdale and Serpentine and further south who come down to have a look.

“The fireworks were fantastic, the whole crowd behaved perfectly and even the next day there was relatively little to clean up.

“So our takings were the best we have ever done and the sideshow guys said it was the best they have ever done.

“So it is going to be interesting to see if any other shows are going to be able to top that.

“We even had the vice president of the Royal Show come down and he said he was getting ideas from our show for their event.”

Mr Walmsley said the show also boosted the town’s economy due to the number of tourists coming to the event.

“It is very hard to gauge the impact of the show but the hotels and the tavern said it was their biggest day ever,” he said.

“The cafes leading up to the show, because of the sideshow operators and all the people in town, they saw a real boost.

“The traffic coming from Mandurah was virtually bumper to bumper from Waroona to Coolup – we even had the Australind train bringing people into town.”

Mr Walmsley said he was proud of the work the show’s committee had put into the event.

“We start preparing for the show in February with our first general meeting,” he said.

“There are about 35 people on the committee now which is a great number.

“All of them put an enormous amount of effort into making it such a special day.”

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