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Fireworks a hit at revamped Echuca-Moama Show

This year's Echuca-Moama Show has been hailed a success by organisers.

MONIQUE PRESTON November 12, 2012 4:54am

Neil Williams with his granddaughter Lillian Williams, 3, enjoy the animal nursery.


Despite a drop in takings from last year, organisers have labelled this year’s Echuca-Moama Show a success.

Held on Friday night and Saturday for the first time, the show included all the old favourites such as carnival rides and a sideshow alley, pavilion displays and cattle and horse events.

The re-introduction of a fireworks display to close the show on Saturday night was a big hit, as was the Whip Industry mini bikes display on Friday night.

‘‘It was fantastic to have the fireworks back,’’ show society president Grant Stapleton said.

Mr Stapleton said numbers through the gate were a bit quiet on Friday night, but picked up on Saturday.

‘‘Saturday night was extremely good,’’ he said.

‘‘The feedback from the carnival operators was they were happy (overall).’’

Mr Stapleton said there was plenty of interest in the Miss Showgirl competition, with the main event, the rural ambassador, won by Sheena Mason.

The pet show also raised plenty of interest, with people invited to take their pets along to be judged, Mr Stapleton said.

‘‘We had everything from a pet yabby to dogs and cats come through,’’ he said.

Mr Stapleton said gate takings for this year’s show were about $11,000.

‘‘Last year’s (takings) had a little bit more, but it was a two-day show,’’ he said.

The only problem at this year’s show was one of the rides had to be shut down by its operators midway through the show.

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