Numbers up at 2019 Mungindi Show, despite drought and windy, cold weather

The wild, windy weather on the weekend didn't deter people from Mungindi and surrounds from turning out to enjoy the 2019 Mungindi Show.

"It went really well," Mungindi Show Society president Stacey Garsed said.

Although gate takings are yet to be finalised, Ms Garsed said the committee is confident that numbers were up on last year, despite the drought and the terrible weather.

"We're pretty certain that numbers are up on last year," she said.

"Numbers were really good.

"We've counted the bar money and it's up a couple of grand on last year, which is good considering we shut the bar early. Everyone had left by around 9pm, it was just too cold."


Although the show fell on one of the worst weekends weather-wise, the cold and wind didn't stop locals and visitors from enjoying a jam-packed two days of action.

The biggest highlight was the much-anticipated header/picker demolition derby, which was a NSW-first.

"The header/picker derby was a huge success, it drew a big crowd," Ms Garsed said.

"The rodeo on Sunday was also a good crowd-puller. It was the biggest Sunday crowd I've seen since I've been on the committee for the past seven years.

"To have a big ticket event like that really helped us out."

Although the wind prevented them from doing any stunts, KaosFMX were still popular with the crowd, as they kicked up the dust on the ground.

The Crocodile Encounter was popular with the younger members of the crowd, while the lawnmower races were again a big hit with all ages.

The woodchopping and horse events also had good nominations, and Ms Garsed said entries were strong in the pavilion.

The only event that had a drop in entries was the yard dog trials, which made a comeback this year after they had to be cancelled last year.

"It was good to see it return," Ms Garsed said.

A special presentation was made to Mungindi Show Society committee member Ally Orchin during the annual President's Lunch on Saturday.

Ally was presented a Next Gen award by ASC of Next Generation group 14 delegate Bec Cope for her contribution to the Mungindi Show Society as the sponsorship coordinator. She is the fourth generation of her family to be involved with the show society, and both her father and grandfather are past presidents.

"She does a lot of work behind the scenes," Ms Garsed said.

"It's a hard job asking for money, especially at a time like this, but she does a brilliant job. She goes above and beyond."

Ms Garsed said overall, the whole weekend was a huge success, and more than anything, was a great way for people to take their minds off the drought.

"The whole weekend was really good for morale," she said.

"Everybody really enjoyed themselves.

"It was just good to see the community and broader community support the weekend, despite the weather and the drought.

"I was just stoked that it could still go ahead, under such ongoing tough drought conditions and tough weather conditions.

"I want to thank everyone for coming and supporting our little show. Thank you to our sponsors. We hope to see everyone back again next year."