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Crowds swell as bumper numbers set for show today

With their prizes from sideshow alley are (from left) Kattina Jordan, Ethan Cattell and Naomie Farrell.
With their prizes from sideshow alley are (from left) Kattina Jordan, Ethan Cattell and Naomie Farrell. Kevin Farmer

THERE was more mud, no rain and a lot more people making their way through the showgrounds yesterday, and there's hope the number will climb again today.

Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show CEO Damon Phillips is crossing his fingers the majority of the 10,000 pre-paid ticket owners will walk through the gates today as the annual event wraps up.

"We're very fortunate that the region had the rain and the benefits will flow on from that," Mr Phillips said.

"For the people planning on coming to the show here's a good opportunity to come out and enjoy everything on offer."

Mr Phillips was yesterday afternoon down in the centre ring shovelling sawdust in preparation for the Waltzing Matilda Arena Spectacular which got the go-ahead for the night's entertainment.

He said figures yesterday were up on Thursday when just 2000 people walked through the gates.

"At this point there's been about 4000 to 5000 people come through today," he said yesterday.

Showjumping events were cancelled due to safety concerns after Thursday's drenching and many competitors had left the grounds.

He said the competition would run separate to the show in the coming weeks.

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