© HARRY SULLIVAN - TRURO DAILY NEWS
The MacMillan Show Centre at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition had a good crowd on hand Friday afternoon during such equine events as the open barrel racing.
BIBLE HILL - Rain showers and cloudy skies on Friday appeared to have a dampening effect on the afternoon crowd at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.
Prior to that, however, attendance figures seemed to be heading in the right direction, general manager Roger McCallum said.
"That is definitely up from last year," he said, of figures from earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, the Ex crowd reached about 3,500 before climbing to 5,000 on Wednesday. Thursday's crowd, meanwhile, rose to about 5,500, McCallum said.
Overall reported attendance figures for the past couple of years were about 39,000, according to numbers provided at the time from NSPE commission vice-president Steve Karrel.
And with sunny skies predicted for Saturday, anticipation was high that the last-day crowds would be large.
And, generally speaking, McCallum said, the mood from show-goers and vendors alike was positive throughout the week.
"We're constantly getting comments on happy everybody is. One thing we did eliminate this year is a lot of vehicles on the grounds ... and it's just a lot easier for people to get around," he said.
"And everyone just seems to be in a lot happier mood. The vendors, we're constantly in contact with them and if there are any problems or they have an issue, we deal with it right away."