A SHORTER Warrnambool show is likely to be a hot topic when the weekend’s event is reviewed.
Warrnambool Agricultural Society secretary Mike Farrow said the idea of cutting back the three-day show had previously been rejected to accommodate the event’s big number of competitions.
But it is likely to be raised again after feedback from patrons.
Several showgoers were critical of the event, according to posts on The Standard’s website and texts to the editor yesterday.
One said Sunday’s final day was like “a ghost town” and questioned whether it should be shorter.
Mr Farrow estimated attendance at this year’s show was about 7500.
The number was down on last year but the attendance was hit by inclement weather on Friday and Saturday.
The committee would consider feedback from the public and from stewards in each of the show sections at its meeting next month, he said.
Mr Farrow said the Sungold Field Days had taken many trade displays away from the show in past years but the number of commercial exhibitors had increased this year.
Many companies were unwilling to have trade displays at the show because of the cost of employing staff over the weekend, he said.
Mr Farrow said the show’s competition sections continued to attract good interest.
“We have our up-and-down years like everyone else,” he said.
“This year it is down a bit on certain things and up on other things.”