Show must go on despite weather
A QUICK call to the Bureau of Meteorology helped the decision makers at Warwick West forge ahead with the show.
Parents and Citizens (P&C) vice-president Neil Meiklejohn made contact with the weather watchers early yesterday morning to confirm rumours of damning weather.
"When we heard it was heavy rain clearing up in the afternoon, we literally made a split decision," he said.
"Then we were onto about plan six."
Once deciding to go on with the show, the staff and P&C committee went about reorganising stalls and performance areas to protect them from any untoward weather.
"We moved as much as we could into the auditorium," president Tracy Vellacott said.
"We were lucky because the auditorium has an outdoor covered area, too, which we used."
Only a couple of pieces of entertainment pulled out because of the wet weather and all rides had delighted school children using them come mid-afternoon.
Hot chips were a popular choice for those wanting to combat the cooler temperatures.
Others opted to warm up in other ways, by huddling inside watching performances from the school bands or from jumping on the jumping castle.
Aside from one small burst of rain, the afternoon remained largely dry.
Mrs Vellacott said she was happy with numbers considering the wet weather early on and colder temperatures.
"Everyone seems happy and at the end of the day so are we," she said.
"It's a major bit of organising for the parents, staff, students and P&C and in tough times, we're grateful for whatever we turn over.
"We'd be hopeful of raising the figure (of $15,000)."
Likewise, the Allora State School will be hoping to raise money today, when it hosts its annual school fete from 9am at the Allora Showgrounds.