CROWD numbers at the Bendigo Agricultural Show 2013 were one of the best in its history, with 17,000 filing through the gates over the two days.
An estimated 5,000 people visited on Friday and 12,000 on Saturday, said Bendigo Agricultural Show Society secretary Rod Bowles.
Friday’s gate takings were up about 14 per cent and there was a slight increase in attendance that day over the previous year.
Sunshine and mild conditions brought more people out on Saturday, the main Show day, when crowd numbers were about the same as last year’s Saturday attendance.
“Overall it was a good result. We’re very pleased with the outcome,” Mr Bowles said.
“The weather on Saturday was good.
“Saturday was very solid with lots of families and lots of things to see with the woodchop and other attractions.
“The fireworks were a good show and the (stolen) stunt motor bike was recovered, so it was good to get that back.”
Friday was marked by drama about 5.30pm when a girl leapt on to a new green Kawasaki stunt minibike and rode off with it, devastating the Whip Industries Minibike stunt team which was forced to perform its Friday night stunt without one of its bikes.
Bendigo Police found the stolen bike about 1.30am on Saturday and returned it to the team.
In the main arena, the stuntbikes and precision driving by the Central Victorian Isuzu Team D-Max drew strong crowds.
In the events centre, the woodchoppers and sawyers displayed their skills, joined by Kooka in a sawing competition .
Country and Western singer Paul Costa, Chinese lion dancers and the Australian Fair Concert Organ on a trailer helped create a great atmosphere, along with all the animals on show.
For the first time this year the horse events were held over two days instead of three, which seemed to work well, he said.
On Sunday, members of the Bendigo Agricultural Society were busy cleaning up, packing away animal pens and straw.
All the carnival showmen were packing up and heading for the next town, while the society staff already start thinking about next year’s Show.