Patrons moved as weather hits Toowoomba showgrounds

ORGANISERS rushed to ensure the safety of Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show patrons as lightning storms blighted the last night of the show on Saturday.

Emergency procedures were put into place as storms rolled in.

CEO Damon Phillips said entertainers and patrons were moved inside for their safety as lightning storms rolled in.

He said although a number of the entertainers were reluctant to go inside, safety was a priority.

"When you have a venue with 10,000 people on site, you have to make sure they are safe."

Some events were moved and cattle that were in marquees were relocated into more permanent structures.

Mr Phillips said weather had impacted on numbers throughout the show.

"The weather over the three days knocked us about.

"It was very hot on Thursday, there was extreme heat on Friday and on Saturday there was fog and wind, before the storms rolled in."

On a more positive note he said entertainment at the show had been successful.

"The diving show was very well received with good crowds as was the freestyle motocross."

He said each year the committee tried to structure entertainment differently to keep things fresh.

"Some of those things we'll re-look at doing again.

"It's about keeping it fresh and looking at the demographics and making sure our entertainment appeals to the vast majority of people," he said.

Mr Phillips said about 40,000 people attended the show over the three days.



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