Sales soar as sun shines down
BUSINESS was booming yesterday on the second day of the News Mail's AgroTrend exhibition, as the sun shone down on a crowd of about 4500 keen visitors and buyers.
Gold Coast caravan company Hinterland Caravans travelled to AgroTrend for the first time and were not only impressed with the turnout, but thrilled with their sales.
Manager Malcolm Cameron said they had no expectations but were chuffed with 14 sales so far.
"We didn't know what to expect but there has been an overwhelming response," he said.
"We sold nine caravans on Thursday and another five so far (yesterday)."
Mr Cameron said the number of sales had exceeded the usual number from similar events across the state.
"Usually we sell six to eight," he said.
"People here have been really friendly and easy to talk with.
"We'll definitely be back next year."
McHugh's Steel salespeople Ebony-Jayne Findlay and Ray Lyons said they had also seen a positive reaction from the crowds.
"It's been going really well. We've probably done about 50 quotes so far," Ms Findlay said.
"We haven't been to AgroTrend for a few years and it's been steady both days."
Mr Lyons said they had been happy with the gold coin donation entry fee on Thursday, which had allowed a lot of families to take advantage of the cheap entry.
"We saw a lot of families on Thursday and (yesterday) was a lot more farmers," Mr Lyon said.
"So far it looks as though the effort has been worth it. We'll just wait to see if the quotes turn into sales."
Chris Small from Centracks said the interest from the crowd in their mowers had also been good.
"Sales have been good, but it's not always about that," he said.
"It's about showing your product and letting people know what's out there."
AgroTrend event manager Col Reynolds said he was pleased with the turnout so far.
"We are happy with the number of visitors and pleased with the range of exhibitors."
Today's AgroTrend events includes the penning and cutting from 7.30am and the finals of the sheep dog trials.