'WE HOLD OUR OWN': Organisers stunned at Allora Show results
UNFORESEEN success has stunned organisers of the Allora Show who have seen a marked increase in numbers on all fronts, despite dry conditions.
As the second day drew to a close, Allora Show Society president Conrad Schnitzerling said membership, attendance, nominations and bar takings had already risen dramatically in comparison with previous years.
On Friday night alone, more than $10,000 was tallied at the gate.
Mr Schnitzerling interpreted the success as a mark of support for rural communities in drought.
"Everyone is doing it tough and to come to the show and catch up with friends you see that everyone is doing it tough as well and you are not trying to dig yourself out of a hole on your own,” he said.
"People can talk and compare strategies they are using and maybe take something away from it all.”
But it wasn't just the locals who were making an effort to support the industry.
Mr Schnitzerling said a bus of people from over the Toowoomba range came all the way to enjoy a day out in the countryside.
"They spent several hours and came to show support for the country ... they had a lovely time spent a few dollars,” he said.
Former Olympic show jumper Guy Creighton praised the hard work of organisers.
"It is such a good little show the ground is beautiful this year,” he said.
"The committee have tried and tried just to progress the event and now it's super.”
Mr Schnitzerling said the society expected to see even more people at Saturday night's entertainment.
"It is not at all impossible we will be setting records when we do the sums,” he said.
"I put it down to country people coming together at bad times with the drought and just showing how tough we are,” he said.
"For a little town we hold our own.”