Facebook curbs Allora show crowd
ILL-INFORMED social media users have been blamed for lower-than-usual crowd numbers at the Allora show yesterday.
Show organisers said Facebook posts on users' personal sites advising the event had been cancelled due to expected high temperatures may have kept crowds away.
Allora Show president Conrad Schnitzerling said changes to the dog judging from day to evening schedules had been posted on the show's official Facebook site and may have led some social media users to assume a complete cancellation of the show.
"There isn't much we can do when people post this type of thing on their personal facebook other than to keep everyone advised that the show is in full swing as usual,” Mr Schnitzerling said.
"We do get thousands of people each year coming through the gates and expect it to be the same this year.”
The rush would be on after 4pm when the temperature dropped, Mr Schnitzerling said.
Pavilion manager Mark Pillar said entries in the fresh produce and cooking competitions had been down due to the heatwave on the Southern Downs.
"There have been hundreds of entries but, yes, the heat has pulled things back a little,” Mr Pillar said.
One of the highlights of the pavilion displays was a sponge exhibit dedicated to late Warwick West State School deputy principal Phill Higgins.
"Phill always entered sponges in the show and it was our way of showing our appreciation to a much-loved member of the community,” Mr Pillar said.
In a poignant twist, one of Mr Higgins' puddings won a prize at the show.
Judges said it was a blind taste competition so they were not aware it was Mr Higgins' pudding.
"He made it just before he passed away, we were told,” one judge said.