COLD, wet weather meant numbers were down for this year’s Berry Show.
The mercury only made it to 19 on Friday and went one higher on Saturday, while on Friday 18mm of rain fell.
“It was the coldest show we’ve ever had,” said show secretary Jim Bieler.
“Everyone was walking around in coats and jumpers – I’ve never seen that in February.”
Rain meant the show closed early on Friday night when the rodeo was cancelled.
“The trucks would have been too heavy in the ring,” said Mr Bieler who said there wasn’t much of an audience for the ring events.
“It was too cold to sit and watch the ring events,” said Mr Bieler.
“You could feel the cold seeping up from the ground.”
The dry spell leading up to the show meant the numbers of beef cattle entering the show’s competition were down.
Mr Bieler said his farm had experienced its driest bout of weather since 1968.
On the bright side, horse and angora numbers were up and the woodchop had a strong contingent of competitors, including one from Western Australia.
• Berry Show results begin on page 9. More photos from the show will appear in Wednesday’s South Coast Register.