The sun shone on the first Rutland County Show at the new showground as more than 12,000 visitors passed through the gates to enjoy a host of fun and entertainment.
Despite bad weather leading up to the event, organisers said the 182nd show at its new home in land north of the Oakham bypass “couldn’t have gone better”.
The event showcases the best the county has to offer in livestock, produce and crafts. Highlights on the day included an appearance from the Cottesmore Hunt, the new craze horse boarding - in which a skateboarder is towed by a horse - and a demonstration from the RAVC Military dogs from Melton Mowbray, where visitors got to see how the dogs are trained for a variety of roles.
Show director Emma Dodds said: “It was a brilliant day.
“We had record numbers through the gates and with it being so close to the town so many people walked to the show.
“We’ve had lots of nice comments and some lovely feedback.
“People said it was a traditional county show and that’s just what we wanted it to be.”
Exhibitors came from all over the county to show off their breeds, with more than 150 cattle, 200 sheep and 100 goats.
There were a number of new stalls including the Rutland Charcuterie Company. Owner Nick Brake said: “New business, new show ground, new customers, it was perfect. We couldn’t have chosen a better venue to launch the company, and certainly the feedback we were getting was also very positive, everyone seemed to love the new show ground. All in all a very successful show for us and we look forward to next year.”
Other highlights in the main ring included a display from Leicester Tigers, as club made an appearance with its mascot Welford, and the Ridgeside Lurchers who raced against the lure.
Other displays which proved popular included a hilarious sheep show, and vintage and modern machinery in the Farming through the Ages collection.
Children were kept entertained with a fun fair, bouncy castle, and birds of prey demonstrations, as well as an informative exhibit from the Leicestershire and Rutland Beekeepers Association which showed at first-hand what goes on inside a beehive.
The show also featured the launch of former High Sheriff Trish Ruddle’s new charity For Rutland In Rutland. The initiative was announced at the tombola stand and will help raise funds and support a number of causes and groups around the county and surrounding villages.
Emma added: “We were particularly delighted that our ticket sales hit a new record and I would like to thank our president Trevor Ellis, our chairman Jeremy Skipper and the trustees and committee for their positive encouragement and support for this year’s show together with our generous sponsors and all our volunteers who gave help and support who all ensured the success of this year’s show.”