Dinosaur exhibit visitor numbers tick over 20,000
CHRIS Loft is hoping Maryborough's Explore-a-Saurus exhibition will crack 22,000 visitors when it finishes in just over a week's time.
The Fraser Coast councillor said he was thrilled with the reception of the exhibit, which had needed 15,000 visitors to break even and now looked like it would attract many more.
Mr Loft estimated the exhibition had already reached its 20,000th visitor, and he was hoping for a "big burst" in the last week to reach 22,000.
He was thrilled with the performance of Explore-a-Saurus, which features six animatronic dinosaurs and plenty of interactive features for adults and kids alike.
While Mr Loft initially said he hoped the event would reach 30,000 visitors, he felt the exhibition had done exceptionally well.
"It is fantastic," he said.
Mr Loft said the temporary relocation of the Heritage Markets to the Town Hall Green and the McDowell Car Park had also given the exhibition a boost on Thursday, bringing people right to the doorstep of City Hall.
Now that Explore-a-Saurus was winding up, Cr Loft said he was turning his attention to attracting another exhibition that could be installed at Maryborough's City Hall.