Royal Launceston Show chief executive officer Brian Bennett is hoping to see 20,000 people through the gates this year. Picture: WILL SWAN
A SEMI-TRAILER load of straw was the first sign of this year's Royal Launceston Show at Inveresk yesterday, as preparations step up for the people's day on Thursday.
Fresh from inspecting the latest fairground rides, which are getting a hit-out at this week's Burnie Show, Launceston show society chief executive Brian Bennett yesterday welcomed workers clad in high-visibility jackets as the stables were prepared for show horses arriving Monday.
``Today's the first day for volunteers when everything starts arriving,'' he said.
After a weather-delayed start to this week's set-up, Mr Bennett said everything would be back on track by tomorrow.
And with fine weather predicted for People's Day on Thursday - partly cloudy and a forecast top of 19 degrees - Mr Bennett is hoping for a boost in attendance this year.
``We'd like to get 20,000, that's nearly enough to pay all of our bills,'' Mr Bennett said.
New attractions this year include the South Australian motorbike demonstration team Xtreme Trials, an interactive show in the animal nursery called Make Believe Farm for the kids, and the Power Surge, a stomach-turning ride featuring four carriages at the end of six rotating arms.
Riders are restrained by an over-the-shoulder harness, with their legs dangling free.
Thrill-seekers can also experience the Kamikaze, Lethal Weapon and Ali Baba rides.
Friday night's traditional fireworks display has been shelved in favour of lucky door prizes for attendees, including Tasmanian weekend getaways and Saturday's big prize draw of a week for a family of four on the Gold Coast.
Aurora Stadium will host free sporting activities including tennis, hockey and croquet.
The show's evening session will focus on live bands, a licensed bar and the sideshows.
The show will also feature the traditional livestock competitions and a woodchopping carnival. Show programs will be available in The Sunday Examiner tomorrow.
WHAT: Royal Launceston Show 2013.
WHEN: Show Day public holiday, Thursday, October 10, from 8.30am to 5pm; Friday, October 11, from 8.30am to 10pm and Saturday, October 12, from 8.30am to 5pm.
WHERE: Inveresk Showgrounds.
TICKETS: At the gate: adults $15, children aged 5-15 $6, concession $11, family (2 adults, 2 children) $35. Friday after 5pm: adults $11, children 5-15 years $5. Prepaid tickets are available from Heritage Isle credit union, Telstra shops in Launceston's Quadrant Mall and Kingsmeadows, and Wills at Mowbray; adults $11, children aged 5-15 $5, concession $10 and family (2 adults, 2 children) $32.