Trucks and rodeo a hit
THE rough-and-tumble rodeo and the roar of the monster trucks lassoed the crowds at this year's Fraser Coast Show.
About 14,000 people attended the two-day event, which was down 6000 on last year.
But Fraser Coast Show Society executive officer Martine Britton said that was to be expected, given Friday's sodden conditions.
"We're ecstatic that we had that many people," Ms Britton said.
"The rain really does have a huge effect."
She said stallholders were fearful of trade losses on Friday afternoon, but by Saturday they had regained confidence.
Once the weather cleared up, it was the entertainment line-up that helped make the show a resounding success. "The monster trucks were great," Ms Britton said.
"I went in a monster truck. He just did a very tame lap with us inside, but it was an exciting night."
Show Society president Gary Jensen said his personal highlight was seeing thousands front up, despite the rain.
"It's the premier event on the Fraser Coast and it gives us an opportunity to showcase the region," Mr Jensen said.
"This year, as the Year of the Farmer, we highlighted the primary industries and we had representatives from the timber and sugar industries there for the opening."
Planning for next year's event has already begun.