THE organisers of the 5th annual Wonthaggi Automotive Show and Shine Swap Meet on Sunday, January 28, the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club would be the first to acknowledge that the weather for their big annual event recently was just a little too good.
And given the chance to take one last beach day before the end of the holidays and the return to school, many went that way according to one of the event’s prime movers, Tracey Jones.
“It was still a success and we’ve already started signing up stands for next year, but the hot weather certainly did have an impact,” said Tracey.
“We had an increase in our stallholders at the swap meet, up from 60 the previous year to 77 this year but I’d say the car numbers for the show and shine would have been down 25 per cent, which is understandable.
“The foot traffic too was down which affects your food stalls but given the opportunity of one more beach day, a lot of people went that way.
“You’ve got the same situation if it rains, people will stay away.
“The result wasn’t as good as we’ve had for the previous four events but it was still worth it and we’ll definitely be going again for sure.
“The cricket association and the shire clears the date out for us and the show and shine will be on the Sunday of the Australia Day Long Weekend as a permanent fixture.
“And there’s no reason why we can’t continue to grow.”
Tracey paid tribute to the fantastic volunteer support provided by club members, players, supporters and members of the general community.
And she thanked the stallholders at the swap meet and also all those who entered the show and shine for coming along.
“We brought the judging forward so the day wasn’t drawn out but there’s no doubt the weather was a bit too hot for us but that’s what you’re working with when you stage an outdoor event in January.”
It’s the same for the Bass Coast Summer Show, although organisers there were favoured by superbly cool conditions this year.
“I’ve had people book their stands again for next year already, so we’ll be back for sure. It’s a big effort but it’s worth it,” she said.
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