16 Jun 2014

Fieldays visitor numbers down

9:03 am on 16 June 2014

Wet weather pushed down attendance numbers at the 46th Agricultural Fieldays which wrapped up at the weekend, but exhibitors said sales were still strong.

Numbers on the first two days at Mystery Creek were 11,000 below last year as heavy rain and windy conditions deterred the crowds.

But Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder said there was a big turnaround as the sun came out for the final two days, and Friday was the second biggest Friday on record.

"We were only short of the record by about 300, so we had 41,200 visitors through the gate and then another great day on Saturday with just over 32,000 on site to round out our four days."

An aerial view of Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

An aerial view of Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Photo: SUPPLIED

The total visitor numbers were just short of 120,000, which was more than 5000 below last year, but Mr Calder said the exhibitors were still smiling at the end of it.

"A lot of the feed-back was that there's been some really quality visitors and some really good business done across those two days, with a number of exhibitors actually saying they'd recorded stronger sales than last year, even though visitor numbers were down," he said.

"And that's really important because obviously the success of Fieldays is really dependent on the success of our customers."