By MIKE SCOTT ? RAIN could not dampen the high spirits of the Rockhampton Show yesterday.
Overnight showers left puddles at the grounds but all they did was reflect the excited patrons entering in droves.
Show organising committee chair- man Graeme Brady said the rain had deterred the morning crowd, but once the afternoon sun blessed the Rockhampton sky the numbers of people entering the show improved.
An initial count indicated the tal- ly was close to last year, about 10,000 to 12,000 people, he said. The rain did create a muddy cen- tre ring, leading to some morning horse jumping events being trans- ferred to outside venues.
There was plenty to keep the crowd entertained.
The centre ring entertainment in- cluded The Flying Lotahs, mini stunt cars, an Australian Defence Force display and a drop-in by the Red Beret parachutists.
A fly-over by the Royal Australian F-111 just before 5.30pm had win- dows shakings.
Today, picking a good vantage point in the afternoon for the night time entertainment would be wise, Cr Brady said.
The Rocky Idol final starts at 6.30pm before the Superband with well-known artists Ross Wilson, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite and Joe Camilleri, starts at 8pm.