1971: 27,000 flock to three day Shepp Show

October 13, 2017

Record gate takings of $13,663 made the 1971 Shepparton Agricultural Society Show the richest in its 95 years’ history.

The all-time record in attendance, estimated at 27,000 in 1967, this year was also equalled.

The gate takings this year showed an increase of $1,387 on last year’s takings, which had been the highest reordered since 1967.

Shepparton Agricultural Society president Mr Jack Wall said he believed the show had been a tremendous success, and that the large attendances had been helped by the increasing popularity of family tickets.

A section of the motor cycle team during one of their displays at the Show.

He said these had been made available as a concession to attract families to the show, and the increase of more than 3000 on last year’s attendance had justified this.

Mr Wall said: “One thing clearly established by this show is the fact that we need to appoint a public relations man.

“I have tried to fill this position for many months, to get the story of the show across to the general public, but as president I do not have the time it warrants to devote to the job.

“I am confident we do enjoy good public relations, and this is very important to the Society. A special man to fulfil this function would be of great advantage to us.”

Shepparton Leo Club member Christine Cameron, 15, found she had her hands full, when the wind caught these oversize balloons. The Leo Club had a balloon stall at the show.
Susan Wright, 3, of Maude St., Shepparton, showed First Constable Jim Williamson of Dookie the contents of her sample bag in the police room at the showgrounds. Susan had lost her mother in the crowd but they were soon happily re-united.

Mr Wall said the weather had been “quite good show weather, although the countryside was wanting rain.”

He said there had been some dust, but overall conditions had been quite good for the three days of the show.

Parking within the grounds and outside improved this year, helped by great co-operation from the city council, Shepparton Preserving Company, police and the Transport Regulations Board.

There were no serious problems associated with parking this year, but Mr Wall said there was still a major challenge ahead, and the problems were by no means completely solved.

He said he would call a special meeting of the council soon, to discuss future improvement programs for parking within and outside the showgrounds.

Miss Rhonda Ewert, 16, of Hare St., Shepparton won the Miss Shepparton Show Girl title. Rhonda was sponsored by Every’s Book Centre.

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