Children’s day a hair-raising affair
Ms Marge McEwan, who has run the tent for over 30 years, said it had been the busiest children’s day she had worked through.
She estimated that 2,500 kids came to the tent for this year’s show.
The St. John Ambulance Brigade treated 96 people yesterday.
A spokesman for the brigade said it was a quiet day compared to the 281 patients treated on Easter Saturday and more than 200 on Monday.
The show ended yesterday at 7pm. Although evening sessions were held on the final closing days, attendance increased this year.
The Royal Agricultural Society’s chief accountant, Mr John Robertson, announced the “extremely high attendance” of 88,540 for the day.
That was 31,548 more than on the reporting date of the previous year.
Because of the rush, additional staff had to be posted at the turnstiles between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Total attendance since the show began on Friday April 13 was 1,091,858 – the highest since 1963 when it was 1,110,631.
Mr Robertson attributed much of the show’s success to the “extremely nice weather”.
Society President Sir Vincent Fairfax said the show had been a huge success and he thanked the public for their support.
“Exhibiting is man’s most effective means of communication and at the Sydney Show we try to give you a variety of things to see and enjoy,” he said.
“Your interest encourages us to keep looking for new things.”
On the dining side, wine and pizza bars made popular debuts.
The official caterers sold 6,000 pizzas and 8,000 glasses of wine.
The company also sold a total of 210,000 pies, 70,000 sandwiches, 84,000 hot dogs, 87,000 donuts, 7,000 dozen oysters, 6,000 gallons of orange juice, 16,000 gallons of Coca-Cola, and 20 tons of chips.