More than 53,000 people have attended the opening day of the Royal Welsh Show – only slightly less than the record of 55,000 in 2006.
Organisers said visitor numbers at 53,406 had “exceeded expectations” with the figures being 2000 more than in 2008 despite the recession.
The five-year average for attendance on the first day is 49,936.
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society said that they had parked somewhere between 13 and 14,000 cars and although “it hasn’t gone perfectly, it never does on the first day.”
Some visitors did report a wait of up to two hours in one of the car parks when the shuttle buses failed to turn up.
Organisers said there had been a ‘glitch’ due to the introduction of a new bus company but the problem had been resolved as quickly as possible.
Show director Harry Fetherstonhaugh said on the whole the shuttle buses had worked well.
The breakdown of a lorry and a coach on one of the approach roads had caused problems early in the day, he said. “We’ll try harder tomorrow.”
Catch up with the highlights of the opening day:
- View the Royal Welsh Photo Gallery – add your own pictures from the show and you could win a Nintendo Wii
- Find out who has been winning in the livestock rings on the Taking Stock blog
- Read the news stories from the 2009 Royal Welsh Show