Naracoorte's 156th annual show proves a success

The Naracoorte Show has wrapped up for another year and the day proved that windy, wet weather isn't enough to keep away the crowd.

The show's publicity officer Catherine Miller said the show committee were pleased with last Saturday's turnout, despite numbers being slightly down on last year.

"We were really pleased, we were probably down a few 100 people on last year's gates," Ms Miller said.

"About 2800 people came through the gates. I guess the windy weather probably didn't help, but when the sun did come out, there seemed to be a really good crowd."

This year's event saw a range of new attractions, with side shows and thrilling rides catering for the youth of the town.

The crowd favourite 'Ute Muster' pulled in a "great number" of entrants, with the winner presenting a 2010 Ford Ranger which Ms Miller said had some "significant modifications".

"The ute pull was really popular. Teams of five basically pulled a ute, that's not turned on, about 40 odd metres - we had a really good number attend to that," Ms Miller said.

A group from Naracoorte showed they were the strongest on the day and took home the $500 prize.

Ms Miller said the show committee received some great feedback about the hall which held 303 exhibitors, with one of the highlights being the cookery.

Students from Naracoorte High School were particularly proud of their cave themed cakes which they baked the week prior.

Year 10 and 11 students had their creations judged and displayed at the show, with Jayde Fretwell taking out second place with her design of a zygomaturus skeleton on the face of her cake.

The rides and side shows drew a consistent crowd throughout the day, but keeping up with their quality of entertainment was the Victorian wood sculptor who wowed audiences with his lifelike carving of a wombat.

"Side Show Alley seemed to be quite packed - the ride operators have given us some feedback and they had a really good day," Ms Miller said.

"(The wood sculptor) carved a lifelike wombat under one of the marquees. Everyone enjoyed watching the progress."

Ms Miller said the show committee would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication to the iconic annual event.

"We'd like to thank the community for getting behind the 156th annual show, it was great to see the community groups really get behind it," Ms Miller said.

"The show is about an eight month long preparation, and we'll have a debrief and get some feedback from the convenors and exhibitors.

"Thanks to our sponsors, we were just wrapped with how the town got behind the show and really enabled us to provide fantastic entertainment."