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Competition time: Tilly Fair, on Viewmont Oscar, at the Warrnambool show while on Sunday strong winds shut down rides. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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Organisers have hailed the Warrnambool show a success despite being dealt a blow on Sunday when strong winds brought some rides to a standstill.

President of the Warrnambool Agricultural Show,Kelly Rentsch, said organisers were pleased with the turn out on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re very happy with this year’s show. It had a positive vibe,” she said.“The last few years have been a bit tough.”

While gatetakings and crowd numbers are still to be tallied, Ms Rentschsaid the lure of more free entertainment for the kids had brought more people through the gate.“The circus was a really good drawcard,” she said.

While there was stillplenty to do and see on Sunday, some carnival rides were shut down for the day and others stopped running early because of strong winds.

Ride operator Dan Chambers said that after a test run on Sunday morning, they decided it would be safer if thebigger aerial rides, Freak Out and Break Dance,did not operate on Sunday.

“We were just a bit worried about it. The last thing we need is an accident.Better being safe than sorry,” he said.

“We tried to open about 10am and the gusts of wind come we had a meeting and we thought we better not open to be safe.”

The other aerial rides operated for a short time before they too decided to cease operating. The rides lower to the ground continued until about 1pm.

Mr Chambers, who has been coming to the show for six years,said he thought crowd numbers wereup on previous years.

Goldie Milo, of Benson’s Show Bags, said Paw Patrol, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Peppa Pig were the most popular show bags.

“I think on last year we’re on about a par, and that’s not bad considering how this year hasbeen. It has been tough across the year,” he said.

“The crowds weren’t too bad. It had been dropping off every year, but the committee here have changed a few things and I think it’ll be back on track again now.”

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