DESPITE a drop in the number of horse entries due to Hendra Virus fears at this year's 121st Laidley Show, organisers were beaming about the amount of people walking through the gates on Saturday and Sunday.
Laidley Showgrounds came alive with a wide range of exhibitors, stalls, rides, and trade displays, including the much-anticipated return of the poultry section, which even the veterans of the Show could not remember when people last got in a flap.
Although no caged birds were present in the pavilion this year, President Craig Wass hoped to see them return in coming years and a spark of renewed interest from the poultry section's return will help things fall into place in the future.
“The attendance for the show with the gate's takings were slightly up from last year and Sunday's takings were very similar to that of last year,” he said.
Chief steward of poultry Peter Cahill said they had received more than 170 entries this year and some people travelled from as far as Caboolture to be there.
“It's fantastic to see the poultry back at the Laidley show after such a long time and the support has been very encouraging,” he said.
He said there were more than 20 different breeds of fowl on display and he hoped for even more variety next year.
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