THE weather hit the attendance at Moreton Show but the region's major event was still an outstanding success.

"It was unfortunate that there was such a bad weather forecast and one local radio station advised people not to go because of the weather," said show chairman James Hayman-Joyce.

"In the event, the weather was nowhere near as bad as was forecast and although there were fewer people on the Batsford Road showground than last year, those fewer people thoroughly enjoyed the show. There was certainly a lot for them to see."

The showground was packed with a sell-out of tradestand space and Mr Hayman-Joyce said exhibitors who spoke to him commented on the quality of the visitors and said they had a really positive day.

"If they can say that when it has been raining for a third of the day, we are obviously getting it right," the chairman said. "Those people who did not come because of the weather missed a really good show."

The showground remained remarkably dry underfoot due, said Mr Hayman-Joyce, to dry weather leading up to show day and organisers only had to put straw down where cars were going in and out.

The chairman said there were good entries through the livestock sections.

"The horse classes were very well supported, the cattle lines were filled and sheep and goats very well supported," he said.

Mr Hayman-Joyce paid tribute to the volunteers and sponsors.

Among the major attractions in the grand arena were Titan the Robot, a parade of hounds, Joseph's Amazing Camels, a parade of retired famous racehorses and a parade of vintage military vehicles.

The highlight was the parade of the cattle champions, led by the Hereford that won the inter-breed beef championship and described by show president John Lloyd as "a magnificent spectacle in the heart of an agricultural area."