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Despite the wet weather, crowds enjoyed themselves at the 2022 Grafton Show. Image: Emma Pritchard

Crowd happiness rains over wet weather

Emma Pritchard


Despite the persistent wet weather, showgoers didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits at the 2022 Grafton Show.

While gumboots and umbrellas were popular fashion accessories as the overcast sky hovered ominously, the Clarence Valley Independent spoke to several participants and asked them what they enjoyed the most about the event this year…

Taylah Hershaw: I thought the rides were really good at the show this year, especially the dodgems. I think I went on them five or six times.

Helen Sparks: The pavilion displays were outstanding. It was very encouraging to see so many entries and I definitely think some of the sections received more entries this year compared to 2021. It’s really good to see people supporting the show.

Stephanie Collerson: The volunteers do a wonderful job setting up the displays each year. They wholeheartedly put so much effort into making everything look beautiful. I always look forward to walking through the pavilions and seeing how everything has been set up. I think the farm produce pavilion was the standout this year. It just looked sensational.

Don Marsh: I know it’s a family event, but I was actually quite disappointed to see a few political stalls set up at the showground. I know there’s a Federal election coming up this month, but I think the political parties and their reps should have just steered clear and let people enjoy themselves without being reminded about politics.

Kenneth Barnes: The farm produce pavilion and the poultry sheds attracted some quality entries and livestock this year which I thought was very pleasing.

Ashton Harding: It was pretty awesome to see the woodchoppers in action. They demonstrated such strength and skill; it was really cool to watch.