Near-record crowd signals success for 2018 Mudgee Show

The Animal Nursery was one of the most popular attractions at the Mudgee Show, especially with the younger children. Photo: SIMONE KURTZ

The Animal Nursery was one of the most popular attractions at the Mudgee Show, especially with the younger children. Photo: SIMONE KURTZ

More than 6500 people attended the two days of the 2018 Mudgee Show, the second best biggest attendance in the history of the show.

Organisers were thrilled with the attendance as well as the participation in all events including the rodeo, junior judging and pavilion competitions. Gatetakings were up $10,000 on the previous year.

Show president Barry Nott said it was a wonderful result for everyone and thanked the Mudgee community for their support.

“It’s a great result. Everyone involved puts in a large effort but the community gets behind it too and that’s what makes it such a great event,” Mr Nott said.

“We’ve had great feedback on Facebook and everything has been very positive.”

Mr Nott said it was excellent to see some many people wanting to take part.

“We had 160 entries for the rodeo, which is pretty impressive, and 80 students take part in the junior judging as well as 23 entrants in the dog jumping. Entries in the pavilion were very strong, we had more than 100 entries in the Lego,” he said.

“There was a lot of local participation, we had the local concert band and the dancing school, and some enthusiastic young whip crackers and that all adds to the attraction.”

The long-running animal nursery was a major hit with children once again.

“I think if you ask any children they would say that is one of the highlights. We do a farm walk as well where children get stamps at every location and they can bring it back when it’s full and they get a small prize,” he said.

Former bullrider and motor vehicle accident survivor Jamie Manning opened the show, and Mr Nott said everybody was inspired by his message of determination and positivity.

“He’s been through hell but come out the other side and there was a large crowd that heard him speak and found him very motivating,” he said.

Behaviour of the crowd was another aspect that pleased the president, with no issues or reports of anti-social behaviour.

The Show committee were assisted by My Ag, a group of young adults aged 12-25 who helped with the running of the rodeo, animal nursery and other activities.

Mr Nott said their assistance had been invaluable and he also praised the work of his own committee.

He said their attention would now turn to planning the 2019 event.