Perfect weather and an action-packed program of events have combined to attract families from as far as Sydney to the 2017 Stroud Show.
Show President James Harris said last year’s show broke all previous records and this year has seen those topple.
“We would have been stoked to have matched the 4700 people who came through the gates on Saturday last year,” he said.
“But we have smashed that by around 10 per cent.
“We would have had in excess of 5000 people through the gates on the Saturday.”
He said the glorious weather certainly contributed to the good attendance figures, but the focus on producing a traditional country show was what attracted the crowds.
“We run a really good little country show and there are always at least two things for people to watch at every stage of the day,” he said.
Mr Harris estimates 500 people came from the Sydney area to experience what only a traditional country show could deliver.
“I know of a group of several families from thr Northern Beaches, this is the third year they have been coming,” he said.
“They all wear Hawaiian shirts and they always seek me out and get a photo with the Show President.”
He said from the horse events, cattle, pavilion exhibits, dog trials and rodeo, there was never a dull moment.
“We had plenty of carnage in the demolition derby with 25 cars entered and the fireworks are right over your head, you’re not standing a kilometre away to watch them.
“The kids can actually touch the animals in the petting zoo.”
This year there were 12 entries in the wife carrying event. The dog high jump attracted around 1000 spectators with the winning working dog jumping a staggering 2.1 metres.
Mr Harris praised the efforts of his hard-working committee which he credited for the record-breaking efforts.
“We have 35 very active members on the committee, and lots of young people involved too.
“There’s never any politics, it’s a great committee and everyone is encouraged to contribute.”
The committee is planning a $1.5 million refurbishment of the showground.
You can see a gallery of the show photos here:
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