Expo attracts record crowd

Claire TyrrellCountryman

This year's Karragullen Expo has gone down as one of the most successful in the event's long history, despite afternoon rain cutting the enjoyment short for some visitors.

Held on Saturday, October 13, the 29th annual Karragullen Expo attracted more than 3500 visitors through the gates.

Exhibitor numbers were up on last year, with about 40 per cent more sites on the oval and in the pavilion than last year.

Karragullen Expo co-ordinator Roma Spiccia said a record number of people came through the gates in the first few hours of the event.

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"Last year we had 3500 visitors all day and this year we had that number before lunch time," she said.

"Disappointingly, the rain kept some visitors away in the afternoon."

Highlights of this year's event included presenters in the Elders Presentation Hall, which included Peter Coppin, Sue McDougall, Terry Friemond and Sally Blane. Promotion of local produce in the cooking demonstrations by Emily Primrose was also a crowd favourite.

Ms Spiccia said about 80 per cent of the exhibitors at this year's expo had already booked for next year's event.

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