GREY skies couldn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who donned warm jackets and scarves to attend the 2012 Mount Larcom Show today.
Even though the weather was chilly and damp, the atmosphere was warm as crowds flooded through the gates of the 73rd annual show.
Officially opened at 1pm during a Grand Parade, the grounds were packed from 8am and are bound to remain that way into the night.
During his opening speech, Mount Larcom Show President Craig Butler said he was pleased to see attendance to the show grow a little every year.
"We've had a 20 - 25% growth each year over the past couple of years, and I think we've grown again today," he said. "It's wonderful to see."
Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham said the cooler weather was a great excuse to hit the bar.
"For blokes who want to go up to the bar, this weather gives them an excuse for an extra rum," she said, after thanking the committee for their tireless work. "As soon as a show finishes they start preparing for the next one, planning for it to be bigger and better and brighter, and they succeed with bells on."
Mayor Gail Sellers also addressed the crowd, stating the large turn-out obviously demonstrated how much the region enjoyed the show.
"It's takes more than a little bit of rain to keep us away," she said. "This really is our true district show."
The show will continue into the night with a firework display at 7pm.
Gates will re-open again tomorrow at 8am, with a promise from Mr Butler for finer weather.
"I can assure you the sun will come out for tomorrow," he said.