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Better attendance at Fraser Coast Show on Friday

Fraser Coast Show - sideshow alley. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Show - sideshow alley. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

WATER might be the lifeblood of the land but attendance numbers are the lifeblood of the Fraser Coast Show, according to Keryn Staib.

While the event got off to a slow start on Thursday, the show society president said he was pleased with Friday's turnaround, though he admitted he would like to see more people through the gate.

"Comparatively it's probably down on last year's attendances but we can't make people come to the show," he said.

"People have said it was a little bit quiet yesterday but we're committed, we just need the patrons to come through the gate.

"Some of the rides weren't going, but the Showman's Guild runs that side of the business and if they think there's not enough people there to open up, they don't open."

Despite being down on last year's numbers, Mr Staib said there were big plans for the show next year to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

At the official opening on Friday, show society life member John Atkinson paid homage to the show's 2014 theme water: lifeblood of the land, and said farmers knew only too well that without water, crops and livelihoods died.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell also spoke, touching on the gentle irony to the theme of water, given the flooding and drought the Fraser Coast had been subjected to during the past two years.

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