THE standard dip in numbers at the second day of the Heritage Toowoomba Royal Show was a blessing for families who wanted to beat the crowds.
The Graham family took full advantage, rocketing to the front of lines in sideshow alley.
By home time, the young trio had amassed a substantial menagerie of stuffed animals to furnish their bedrooms.
Grandmother Pam Graham made the conscious choice to beat the opening-day rush.
Exhausted, she rallied her young troops for the trip back to base camp late in the afternoon.
"I think we must be ready for home now!" she said.
The eldest of the trio's top jackpot was the envy of his brother and cousin.
"The best part for me was winning this huge bull in a lucky number raffle," Jackson boasted.
Show organiser Damon Phillips said crowds had started to re-amplify as dusk settled over the showgrounds.
"It was certainly a bit quieter than the first day, but it was still a very solid crowd for a Friday," he said.
"We've started getting more crowds coming in this evening."
Today marked the launch of the Edible Garden Cook Off, hosted by Channel 7 show Better Homes and Gardens.
"One of the main things we try to do is promote agriculture and link that with education," Mr Phillips said.
"Those primary school kids and their fantastic knife skills were really something to see."
The thrills are far from over.
"Saturday has grown so much that it almost matches Thursday's crowds," Mr Phillips said.
"If the weather holds up, it's looking like being another very big day."
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