Alstonville Show was biggest yet
More than 14,000 people went through the gates over the two days, compared with about 10,000 last year.
“It’s an enormous amount. The crowd was constant all day on Saturday, and Saturday night was absolutely packed,” Mr Wilson said.
“When you’re running a show you’ve got to get good attractions. You need a good variety.
“We had monster trucks, a good fireworks display and good entertainment. We had belly dancers, bands, a mechanical bull – there was a bit of everything.
“And sideshow alley is just growing and growing each year.”
Ballina resident Nikki Walsh, 19, was named the Alstonville Agricultural Society’s showgirl, but Mr Wilson said all the entrants were winners.
“It was a tough decision for the judges because they were all good girls,” he said.
Nikki said she was surprised to be named Miss Showgirl.
“We had to meet the judges two weeks before the show. We were told that we’d need to know about politics and agriculture in the area. We were also judged on our personalities,” she said.
“I knew the answers to every question, bar one. The other girls were great – we all helped each other.
“I would have been quite happy to not win – I was just happy to be there on the day.”
Nikki now progresses to the Zone One competition, which covers Gloucester up to the Queensland border. If she wins there, she will compete at the Royal Easter Show.
“I’m a bit nervous about the next one,” she said.
“I wasn’t even expecting to win this one.
“I guess I’ll have to study up and find a new dress.”
ABOVE: Miss Showgirl Nikki Walsh, of Ballina. Picture: DIANE ESSERY