Livestock on show at Ballarat

Livestock on show at Ballarat


In spite of the unfavourable skies, people still fled to the Ballarat Show.


"You can't change the weather."

That was the philosophical attitude of Lucy Quartermain of the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society on the closing day of the Ballarat Show that was hit by showers and distinctly un-spring like conditions.

In spite of the unfavourable skies, people still filed through the turnstiles for a rich variety of demonstrations, activities and stalls.

Sunday in particular saw drier weather, allowing people to enjoy some of the outdoor elements of the show including the dog jumping and working dog rescue demonstrations.

Across the three-day event, there were sheep shearing demonstrations, competitions for rare breeds, the chance to handle giant stick insects and see venomous snakes being handled.

You could ride on camels, and choose between dozens of fairground rides, among many other things.

Ms Quartermain said final attendances were yet to be confirmed but she expected the numbers to be down on last year when the event welcomed close to 20,000 visitors.

"You can't go from being hot and sweltering one year to being cold and wet the next without being affected," she said.

"It's unfortunate the weather was like it was.

"We're just pleased that people have still come out to support it."


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