Show's on - and here comes the rain

THE rain may have brought attendance numbers down but the crowd's spirits were high at the weekend's Macksville Show.

Organisers did not have exact figures but said crowd numbers could be down as much as 25 per cent from last year's show.

Show secretary John Harris said early rain on Saturday and the threat of afternoon showers was a major factor.

"There is a saying that 'the show's on -- we will get rain', but in past years we have been lucky," Mr Harris said.

"We haven't had a gate affected by rain like this one in a few years."

But that is where the bad news ends, with Mr Harris preferring to focus on the positives.

"The Saturday night session was just as good as in past years and we were able to hold every event -- nothing was cancelled," he said.

"So in one way you could say we were unlucky, but you could also say we were lucky, as it could have been worse."

Another positive was that the drought didn't affect the number of entries.

"We had cattle from as far south as Dungog and nine different beef breeds. There was a good range of quality stock, which was very pleasing," Mr Harris said.

The show will roll into Coffs Harbour this weekend, taking over the showground from Friday to Sunday. Further details will be in this week's editions of the Coffs Coast Advocate.

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