Cash-strapped organisers of last Saturday’s Lakes Hayes A&P Show are out of pocket after people entered the grounds without paying.
The 94th annual show attracted about 3000 paying punters – but an unknown number also wandered in free off the Lake Hayes walking track, says local A&P president Craig Nesbit.
The society was aware of it at the time but couldn’t do much on the day: “It’s hard to monitor because it’s such a long stretch [of track] and we don’t have that many volunteers.
“I think there were some genuine cases where people didn’t know but … it is disappointing because we’re a non-profit organisation,” he says.
Entry was $15 for a family, $5 for adults, $3 for children aged 5-15 and under-fives were free.
“We need all the income we can get – we missed out on community grants this year too,” Nesbit says.
Gate takings totalled $9000 – spectators were down on last year as were trade entries.
The society plans to work out a way of preventing people from gaining free entry next year.