Moree Show 2019: Good numbers for 'drought buster' show

The drought didn't stop hordes of people from flocking through the gates of Moree Showground over the weekend, with numbers for the 2019 Moree Show on par with previous years.

"It was really good, considering the drought," Moree Show Society president Brendan Munn said.

"There were no big incidents, and I think everyone had a pretty good time."

Although numbers were quiet on Friday, it didn't take long for the crowds to start arriving ahead of the popular Gill Bros. Rodeo on Friday night, which saw hundreds of people pack into the stands around the main ring to watch all the thrills and spills of the brave cowboys and cowgirls from around the country.

Saturday got off to a slow start, but people soon began piling in for the action-packed afternoon and evening of entertainment.

While gate takings are yet to be counted, Mr Munn believes crowd numbers were similar to previous years.

"We had pretty good crowds both nights," he said.

"During the day on Friday is always slow, but as soon as it was the afternoon on Saturday people were piling in."

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton attended the show's official opening on Saturday afternoon, along with Moree Police officer-in-charge Inspector Martin Burke.

Emily Ryan was named the 2019 Moree Showgirl, while Emily Cosgrove was sashed runner-up.

Mr Munn said the Show Society was proud of both girls.

"Congratulations to Emily Ryan for becoming our 2019 Showgirl," he said.

"Emily Cosgrove is a lovely young lady as well. They both came back on Sunday and chipped in. They put in a big effort working alongside the rest of us during the clean-up. We're proud of both of them."

Jane Rohde was presented with life membership for her years of contribution to Moree Show Society, while Cathy Young was awarded Committee Person of the Year.

Meanwhile, Kate Lumber was awarded the Next Gen award from Group 14 ASC of NSW Next Generation delegate Bec Cope, while Field Wheat Champions Glenn and Rachel Fernance from Bellata were also recognised.

Rooftop Express was a highlight this year, with big cheers coming from the crowd during the 45-minute show.

"Rooftop Express was a big hit, people loved it," Mr Munn said.

"They got the crowd revved up fairly well."

The pavilions were also popular, with a constant flow of people checking out the talents of the district throughout the two days.

"There's certainly some talented people in the district," Mr Munn said.

Pavilion entries were also on par with previous years.

The pet show proved popular as Moree's furry friends strutted their stuff, while more than 60 young girls entered the junior showgirl competition.

Chloe Elbourne was named Junior Showgirl, while Lauren Appleby was runner-up; Layla Preston was named the Intermediate Showgirl, with Harriet Biddle runner-up; and Laura Penfold was sashed Senior Showgirl, while runner-up was Lucy Carter.

The Pink Ladies took out the tug-of-war challenge and the Akubras won this year's Farmers' Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

Crowds also packed in to watch the demolition derby, following an impressive fireworks display which lit up the night sky.

And, although there weren't as many rides at the show this year due to clashing shows, Mr Munn said the sideshow alley was, as always, a big drawcard.

Overall, he said it was another top show.

"We're pretty happy overall for these drought-affected times," Mr Munn said.

"I hope everyone had a good time and appreciated having the Moree Show go ahead.

"We want to know if we're doing the right thing. If there's anything people want to see, let us know."