Show goes off with a big bang

SWINGING TIME: The North Coast National attracted more people through the gate this year.
SWINGING TIME: The North Coast National attracted more people through the gate this year.

LISMORE Show Society president John Gibson said this year's North Coast National saw an increase in numbers through the gate and more people taking out membership.

After the Show Society knocked back $15,000 in sponsorship from Metgasco, anti-coal seam gas groups launched a campaign to encourage members to support the Show.

"We had a lot of support coming from the community, you could always have more, but any increase in this sort of environment is great," Mr Gibson said.

"It's too early to tell what the figures are, we get the bills now, but we haven't picked up all the loss of sponsorship, it's going to be very tight."

Mr Gibson said the entertainment program had been well-received, as had all the farming displays, sustainable expo and food and lifestyle hall.

"We had the biggest display of fireworks we've ever had at show, a record number of 800 entries in beef cattle and the biggest ever art show," he said.

"All in all most patrons seemed to think it was pretty good, although too hot on Saturday. Anyone here on Saturday evening to see the ring entertainment would have been pleasantly surprised at the wonderful performances.

"All the grand stands were full, with at least six people deep standing and watching.

"I'd like to thank all those who did attend, thank the sponsors that stuck with us, and the volunteers who put the show together. Without their help it couldn't be done."

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