DESPITE the weather Gods shining down on Griffith on Monday, crowds were slightly down for the second and final day of the Griffith Show.
Griffith Show Society president Christine Stead said it was obvious tough times had taken their toll on crowd numbers this year.
“Show entries were up, but crowd numbers were definitely down a bit,” Ms Stead said.
“Families are doing it tough, so it’s not surprising really.
“Those who did go to the show found there was plenty to see and do. The pig races were a major drawcard. Overall it was a great show and we are already looking at how we can make next years bigger and better.”
Popular Better Homes and Gardens presenters Johanna Griggs, Dr Harry and Rob Palmer added a touch of celebrity to the show this year, with a 16-member crew filming footage.
The country show episode, featuring the Griffith Show will air on Friday, November 8 at 7pm on channel Seven.
Ms Griggs said they were delighted to be in Griffith to film, with some of the city’s most colourful characters set to appear on the popular show.
“We like to come out to rural shows once a year to showcase the importance of supporting the community and the role the annual show plays,” she said.
“Much of what you see on Better Homes and Gardens features at shows like these.
“We’ve filmed some of equestrian events, dog show, pig races, the bush sculptures, the farmers’ challenge and Dr Harry has made a house call to help with a problem blue healer.
“We have had a fantastic time in Griffith. My husband lived here for about five years, so it was nice to catch up. We went to La Scala, the Victoria Hotel and watched the footy grand final at the Southside Leagues Club.”
Farmer and part-time ice-cream vendor Peter Reeves was among those interviewed on Monday.
Mr Reeves decided to diversify off the land when the drought took its toll. He now travels around country shows selling ice-cream.