Dozens of proud farmers were showing off their prize stock for the crowds and judges at a town’s annual livestock show today (Tuesday).
The 106th Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show in Market Place was held today (Wednesday) and scores of people turned out for the event.
Farmers from across the area competed in the show, which included 180 sheep, 24 cattle and 22 pigs.
The show is the only event of its kind in the UK that is still held in a temporary penning in a town market square.
Show president John Tabram was delighted this year’s event was once again a success.
He said: “We’ve had a very good show and there’s been a very good turnout.
“We’ve definitely had more cattle entered this year and judges have been saying the standard is so high they could compete in national shows.
“It’s also been very nice to see so many schoolchildren here as well this year.
“It’s been a great show and it’s very good for town and the farming industry.”
The champion cattle award was won by farmer Trevor Lyon, 58, of Thurlby. He also won four of the seven categories in the cattle class.
He said: “I’m really pleased and I didn’t expect to win as much as I did.
“I’ve been coming here for three years and it’s always nice to see it being held in Market Place and long may it continue.”
Duncan Burton, 35, from Exton, who owns a farm in Wing, claimed the champion pen of sheep award.
He said: “I’m really thrilled to have won.
“I’ve been coming here for eight or nine years and I always hope to win but when you see the sheep lined up in the pens you never know.
“It’s just nice to support the show and if you come away rosettes then it’s a bonus. I’m more than happy.”
Overall show champion was won by Morcott Pigs, after scooping the champion pig award.
Farmer Jamie Wild, 42, of Morcott Pigs, said: “We pride ourselves on the look of our stock so it’s great news for us.
“I’ve been coming here for a number of years and it’s always good to see the show doing well.”