THE first day of the Royal Launceston Show drew more than 10,000 patrons through the gate of the Inveresk Showgrounds yesterday.
The crowd took full advantage of some rare October sunshine and spent the day mixing with animals, trying their luck on sideshow alley and spinning themselves silly on show rides.
Trevallyn's Anita Perrott took her children along for a look, after a two-year show hiatus, and thought it was ``fantastic''.
``It has been a great family day out,'' she said.
``My son [Madden] got to ride a quad bike for the first time and his sister [Annalissa] went on the horses.
``The show is great value for children and definitely worth coming.''
However, Mrs Perrott said the event's showbags and food were a bit expensive.
South Australian motorcycle athlete Adrian Harry put on a spectacle with extraordinary daredevil motorcycle tricks as part of the Xtreme Trials Show, according to show chief executive Brian Bennett.
``It looked pretty good,'' Mr Bennett said.
``The crowd numbers are slightly up on last year, but it is difficult to tell because we have changed our presale tickets this year.
``We used to sell about 40 per cent of our tickets through Chickenfeed, but now we use Telstra stores and Heritage Isle.
``I think most people will go home from today pretty happy with their outing.''
WHAT: Royal Launceston Show 2013.
WHEN: Todayfrom 8.30am to 10pm and tomorrow from 8.30am to 5pm.
WHERE: Inveresk Showgrounds.
TICKETS: At the gate: adults $15, children 5-15 $6, concession $11, family (2 adults, 2 children) $35. Today after 5pm: adults $11, children 5-15 $5.