Top show, no bull
PICTURE-perfect weather saw families flocking to the 2005 Coffs Harbour Show, with gate numbers estimated at around 18,000.
Show secretary Lorraine Tibbs said the 2005 Show was no record-breaker, with organisers expecting up to 20,000 people over the two-and-a-half day event.
But she said visitor numbers had been influenced by the fact it was the last weekend of the school holidays as well as a long weekend.
Families with young children had been a noticeable feature of this year's Show, which she attributed to the amount of family-friendly entertainment, without involving visitors in extra expense.
This included living history displays and demonstrations, interactive displays and exhibits and baby farm animals as well as ring entertainment, woodchopping and sideshows.
A jump in the number of horses and riders at the Show was another feature, with competitors coming from all over the North Coast.
Twenty-year-old university student Alira Capararo was sashed Coffs Harbour Showgirl for 2005, which she described as 'a nice surprise'.
Miss Capararo said the opportunity to gain interview experience and ride in a vintage car in the grand parade was a confidence booster.
Alira will now compete at regional level in 2006.
Cattle breeders enjoyed the sight of some top 'red and whites' in Saturday's Poll Hereford Feature Show, with the Supreme Champion Female award going to Daryn and Margaret McPhee of Britannia Hereford Stud at Ulmarra for their poll hereford cow Britannia Duchess Charm. The McPhees also took out the award for the most successful exhibitor in the beef section.
Top honours for a bull and Supreme Champion Male award went to poll hereford bull Binbarra XRay Golf from Francis Waddell's Harmony Park Poll Hereford Stud at Bowraville.