A WET start to the Newcastle Show did not dampen the spirits of carnival goers last weekend, with crowds swelling on Sunday to make up for lost time.
Thousands of dedicated men, women and children flocked to the Newcastle Showgrounds to go on the rides, check out the multicultural stage and of course, stock up on showbags.
While the wet conditions on Friday were so bad that events such as rides, fireworks and ring events were cancelled - the show did go on.
Show Society president Roger Geary said the washout on Friday was "disastrous", with well below the average attendance numbers.
However, it cranked up a notch over the coming days, with Sunday's festivities wrapping up with a big bang.
"We had record Sunday numbers attending; it totally eclipsed last year," Mr Geary said.
"Rain, hail or shine, it was great to see so many people out there being a part of the show - especially all the young kids."
Rides and attractions ran later than usual on the Sunday to ensure everyone had a chance to make up for the previous days.
ANIMAL lover Bronte Donovan was awarded the prestigious title of Newcastle Showgirl last Friday at the Newcastle Show.
Battling it out against Cobey Linsley and Sarah Gray, Miss Donovan stole the show with her positive personality and confidence in her ability to represent the young women of Newcastle.
The 21-year-old Warners Bay resident said becoming the next Advanced School of Beauty Therapy Newcastle Showgirl was a great achievement and opened up a number of exciting possibilities.
Being crowned the 2013 Showgirl will see Miss Donovan attend a number of local events, as well as become Newcastle’s entrant for the regional showgirl held next year.
Miss Linsley won the People’s Choice Award, a new introduction to the showgirl competition.