OVER 6000 people walked through the gates on the opening day of the Australian National Field Days at Borenore yesterday.
ANFD administration manager Jayne West said the crowd was slightly up on day one last year yet not different from previous years.
“We’ve been hovering around that mark,” she said.
The warm weather meant there was a steady stream of visitors all day.
The final attendance figure from day one is not yet known. The field days partnered with the National Australia Bank to post out 1500 free Tuesday passes to letterboxes across the central west. The number of tickets that came back is yet to be determined.
“I think the free passes boosted numbers a bit,” she Mrs West said.
Mrs West completed a site inspection towards the end of day one and some exhibitors were thrilled with the response from visitors.
“Some said it was a good crowd but they just weren’t spending the money,” she said.
Overall Mrs West was pleased with the turnout. While exhibitors might have been disappointed, visitors still managed to score a bargain.
One day in and big ticket items such as cattle crushes and agricultural equipment were hot on the order list.
“A few [exhibitors] managed to sell a few which was good,” she said.
“Some did really well.”
The warm weather is set to continue with the forecast of mid-20 degree temperatures and clear skies for the remaining two days of the field days.