The show goes on
By TAMARA KEMP
THE contagious colours, sounds and smells of the Rockhampton Show attracted thousands on its first official day.
A sea of about 4500 patrons entered the gates with anticipation and excitement for what the day had to offer.
Show organising committee chairman Graeme Brady was proud to announce an incident-free first day.
"While the gate numbers are shy on last year's, we have high hopes for the numbers to pick up significantly today and even more so on Friday for Darryl Braithwaite and the Superband,'' he said.
"We are expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people through the gate on Thursday, being Rockhampton's day off to see the show.''
The non-stop show entertainment continues today with the arrival of the Royal Australian Air Force F-111 trailing a 100 metre long flame at 5.15pm, Rocky Idol at 5.30pm, Flying Lotahs, parachutists, whipboxing challenge, mini stunt cars, grand parade at 1pm and the Australian Defence Display from 6.15pm.
Rockhampton police shift supervisor Sergeant Brian Muirson advised show patrons to take care in securing belongings and to abide by road signs and relevant parking laws.
He said the extra time spent on parking could save motorists from a fine.
Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Griffin said the thick cloud band over the southern part of Capricornia was expected to move slowly north during the night.
He said the chance of a light, steady rain during the night would ease off in the morning, warming up to 24deg.
Mr Griffin said show patrons may need to take a warm jumper with them tonight and tomorrow night with temperatures expected to drop to 6 and 7degrees.