Biggest crowd at Jamestown Show in 30 years

SIDESHOW: Harriet, centre, and Teddy Stacey had fun with the 'laughing clowns' in sideshow alley at the Jamestown Show with mother Jacqui Stacey, left, despite misty rain.
SIDESHOW: Harriet, centre, and Teddy Stacey had fun with the 'laughing clowns' in sideshow alley at the Jamestown Show with mother Jacqui Stacey, left, despite misty rain.
MEAT: Show Ambassador Sam Kekovich, left, chats with Kalleske's Mettwurst stall-holder Jimmy Thomson.

MEAT: Show Ambassador Sam Kekovich, left, chats with Kalleske's Mettwurst stall-holder Jimmy Thomson.

Jamestown Show had its highest-ever gate takings plus the biggest crowd in more than 30 years.

The twin successes were recorded at the two-day sheep and wool extravaganza at the long weekend.

Show society president David Cooper said the takings had been $29,348 plus pre-paid members tickets.

"We had a crowd of 7000 for the first time since 1988," he said.

"We are being recognised for the direction we have taken in the past three or four years in redeveloping the show and making it more appealing to the public," he said.

The Meat and Livestock Australia frontman and former VFL footballer, Sam Kekovich, entertained the crowd at the Paddock to Plate and official opening.

The new $250,000 Heiniger shearer training centre was opened and attracted many speed-shearers on the Sunday with minimum-200 crowds.

"It was a ripper day on Sunday. We were lucky compared with Melrose Show which copped a bad day on Saturday. Monday was a bit damp, but it didn't turn out a bad day," Mr Cooper said.

"The continued redevelopment of the sheep and wool area is certainly a drawcard for the farmers." He said "amazing" secretary Amy Hagger led a great team.

Australian Wool Innovation Ambassador Catriona Rowntree hosted the fashion show, even bursting into song over the microphone.

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