DESPITE lower than expected attendance, the Albion Park Show will be back in fine form next year.
Show society president Glenn McParland was uncertain why a smaller than usual crowd visited Albion Park Showground last Saturday.
"Saturday night was down by about $10,000," he said of the 126th instalment of the event.
"It picked up a bit on Sunday but was still down on previous years.
"We don't really know why; probably the hard times with money and everything.
"It's a lot harder for people to afford it, a lot of people have lost jobs."
Mr McParland didn't want to speculate on crowd numbers, but said those who attended enjoyed themselves.
"Everyone who went loved it," he said.
"The Demolition Derby was probably one of the best I've seen and the fireworks were great.
"It was a very good show.
"The show will go on next year; we're not looking to scale it back or anything like that."
The event was still a hit with a 10-year record in pavilion entries.
Last Saturday was also a memorable show day for Albion Park artist Sheree Troy.
The 23-year-old won the Albion Park Showgirl Competition, as well as first place in four classes in the art competition.
"I had a really good day; I seemed to win everything," she laughed.
Following the announcement of the showgirl winner, Ms Troy visited Nowra for a development day on Sunday in preparation for the zone final on February 9.
The zone winner will progress to the state final at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
"I missed the Sunday of the show, which was a shame as I was looking forward to the chooks," Ms Troy said.
"It was straight into it; I met a lot of the other girls going to zone and had an etiquette class.
"The zone final is coming up really quickly; I'm very nervous but just have to get back and prepare, study at a more intense level.
"I'm absolutely stoked and I'm sure it's the beginning of many great things for me during the year."
Shellharbour's Jessica Rueda was runner-up in the Albion Park competition.