Pretty ponies, scream-inducing rides and shiny Thunderbirds were high on the list of popular features of Saturday’s Sunbury Agricultural Show.
Tributes marking the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs were also a focal point of this year’s event, which drew thousands of people to Sunbury Recreation Reserve.
Agricultural society president Tony McMahon said, while crowd numbers were down slightly due to predicted storm activity, those who made it to the show were treated to a good day.
Appearances by the Creswick Light Horse Troop proved especially popular.
‘‘Even their uniforms, right down to their buttons and bootstraps, they were just impeccable,’’ Mr McMahon said.
The event also recognised heroes of more recent wars, with local national servicemen guests of honour at a show day luncheon.
‘‘They were happy to be there. As we know, Vietnam veterans were treated appallingly when they returned, so we just wanted to show in a small way that we appreciate what they did, just like those who served in other conflicts,’’ Mr McMahon said.
Horse and livestock events, poultry shows, an arts pavilion, sideshows and a treasure trail catered to many interests, while truck and classic car displays had plenty of fans.
Mr McMahon said the combined efforts of the show’s 100 or so volunteers ensured things went off without a hitch.
‘‘There’s so much planning that goes into it, but those people make it all happen on the day,’’ he said.
‘‘We all slept pretty well on Saturday night.’’