MORE than 25,000 people streamed through the gates at Commonwealth Bank AgQuip, near Gunnedah, on Tuesday, leaving organisers saying how well it bodes for the three-day event.
"We've potentially got three great days ahead of us with the weather looking perfect," Rural Press Events general manager Barry Harley said on Tuesday morning.
He said there were 160 new exhibitors at this year's event - "the largest commercial and rural agricultural supermarket in Australia".
Seven forklifts and five cranes had worked a solid, 12-hour day on Monday to get everything in place in time for the gates to open on Tuesday.
For the first time ever, companies from China attended - all 14 of them.
A three-person delegation also attended from the Chinese province of Taizhou, headed by the deputy director of the Taizhou Bureau of Commerce, Zhang Xi.
The delegation was at AgQuip to see determine if they will bring a 100-strong delegation next year.
Mr Harley said the most number of international exhibitors ever at AgQuip was present - from countries including Argentina, Holland, India, Italy, the UK and the US.