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186th Rutland County Show attracts record crowd

Lee Hellwing (2349372)
Lee Hellwing (2349372)

Record numbers visited Rutland Show on Sunday.

Brilliant sunshine meant more people than ever before went along to the county showground for the 185th annual event, which regularly attracts up to 15,000 visitors.

Show secretary Liz Wackett said: "We had record numbers at the show and I think the weather made all the difference. It brought people out and meant they stayed for longer.

"Everyone said they had a fantastic time and enjoyed all parts of the show."

The event, organised by Rutland Agricultural Society, is one of the oldest shows of its type in the country and aims to showcase farming, countryside and rural life alongside entertainment for a wider audience.

Especially popular this year was a display by the Wye Valley Axemen lumberjacks, and a show of skillful BMX bike riding.

Equines large and small also enthralled the crowds.

Magnificent heavy horses, which returned to the show for the first time in more than 50 years last year, were back again.

In contrast, nimble shetland ponies took part in a 'grand national' in the main rink.

The British Scurry and Trials Driving competition and a tractor pulling competition were also big attractions.

Stands featuring local food and drink and a range of craft items were also popular with shoppers at the show.

Lee Hellwing (2349305)
Lee Hellwing (2349305)

A full array of livestock classes, including cattle, poultry, goats, horses and sheep were well supported.

Liz said: "The traditional elements of the show are very important to us and we aim to keep this as the foundation of the show.

"However, we also aim to build in other things so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

"New people are moving to Oakham and the surrounding area and we want to encourage them to visit the show and to offer an educational experience about rural affairs and agriculture."

Show results are due to be published on the society's website.

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