Crowds flocked to the Bundaberg Showgrounds yesterday for People’s Day.
Crowds flocked to the Bundaberg Showgrounds yesterday for People’s Day. Scottie Simmonds BUNTIM

People's Day a real treat

THE view of the crowd from the top of the Ferris wheel was spectacular yesterday, as thousands flocked to People’s Day at the show.

A menacing rain cloud lingered over the showground but it did not stop revellers from getting their taste of show fever.

For St Luke’s Year 10 students Jacinta Bonney and Grace Attenborough, the public holiday was a chance for them to take a break from their studies and indulge in the popular show favourite – fairy floss.

“It’s really busy and so cool – definitely worth a day off,” Jacinta said.

“With assignments on at the moment, it’s a bit of a breather,” Grace said.

“We’ve got our fairy floss – it was the first thing we looked for.”

The Hammer Game operator David O’Sullivan said the crowds were up, and the winning stakes were high.

“It’s been going very well,” he said.

“A lot of people are winning, which is good.”

Despite low numbers on Wednesday’s opening day of the show, Mr O’Sullivan said it was as expected.

“Especially with what’s been happening in the last couple of months with the floods,” he said.

Bundaberg Show Society president Ken Schmidt said yesterday’s show was a “full house”.

“There were a lot of people at the Grand Parade – all the public stands were full,” he said.

“It was a great parade with a lot of horses and cattle.

“It was very nice to see a lot of horses join the parade.”

The show was officially opened by show patron, Bill Bailey followed by the parade.

Mr Schmidt said the crowds indulged in the “superb” weather and credited the climate for the positive turnout.

“Sideshow alley is abuzz – it seems to be a great show,” the president said.

“We’ve got a lot of new attractions inside and outside the arena.”

He said the show society had been passionate about putting together a successful show, and reminded the community that they are what makes the show happen.

“It is the Bundaberg people’s show,” he said.

“We try to make it bigger and better every year.”



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