In video and pictures: Shropshire County Show 2016

Thousands of people from across the region flocked to this year’s Shropshire County Show to enjoy the event.

In video and pictures: Shropshire County Show 2016

Sally Lloyd from Leominster with Champion Of Show

Delighted organisers said the weather, with blue skies and temperatures of 21C, boosted visitor numbers.

Ryan Jervis, trustee of the county show, said he was thrilled with the turnout.

He said: “The show has gone wonderfully and that is partially due to the weather being sunny and warm.

“There has been so much going on this year – including twice as many activities in the main ring compared to previous years, including the Broke-FMX motorcycle stunt team, a display of horses and carriages, the Wirral Marching Pipe Band and Whitchurch Dog Display Team.

“There is something new in the main ring every 30 minutes which is brilliant.

“We had hoped to have a flypast from a Lancaster Bomber but due to technical difficulties we had a wonderful flypast from a Hurricane instead.

“Out of the 14,583 built only 13 survived so it was a great sight to see one fly over the showground. It was fantastic.”

Mr Jervis said by lunchtime the crowd figure was about 6,000, which was welcomed by organisers. No official figure has been released yet.

The show featured a huge variety of entertainment, from the traditional agricultural sections, through to tractor pulling, where huge tractors arrive from all around the country, and even abroad, to take part in the event. 

Visitors were also able to enjoy the taste of a huge range of local produce in the Taste of the Shires area, while local bands and choirs provided musical entertainment for the crowds.

The entries for the agricultural competitions were also well supported.

Team Lewis, who was showing some of its award-winning flock of Dorset Sheep from Uffington near Shrewsbury, said it always enjoyed supporting its local show.

Debbie Lewis said: “It is a fantastic show and we will keep on coming every year to support it. This is our sixth year at the show. It is one of the highlights of the showing calendar. We were very pleased that our Dorset Down ram lamb, Elvis, won male champion and breed champion.”

An unusual sheep which stood out against the others in the ring belonged to Tom Evans, from Four Crosses, near Oswestry.

Tom decided to dye his sheep pink in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The 10-year-old, who attends Oswestry School’s Bellan House, said he came up with the idea to dye a sheep after his grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

He said: “I am really enjoying the show. I wanted to dye one of my show sheep pink to raise money for cancer research. I hope I can raise about £5,000 by the end of the show season.”

In the cattle section, young farmer Alex Heath, from Eaton-On-Tern, Market Drayton, won the breed champion with his prize Simmentals cow.

The 21-year-old said: “I have not missed a show yet. It is a great event and one I will keep coming to.” Also at the show was a beautifully decorated young farmers’ tent with lots of arts and crafts inside.

Crim Dean, from Wem Young Farmers, said their group had come third in the Mardi Gras competition.

He said: “We are all really enjoying the show. Our group came third in the competition. 

“We were pleased with the finished piece as it took us ages to make.”

For the even younger visitor the show’s Kids Zone provided a variety of free entertainment, including a BMX track, the animal man, soft play and a hay bale maze.

This year visitors were able to catch a ferry to the show in what is believed to be one of the only arrangements of its type in the country. 

The ferry sailed from the Frankwell area of Shrewsbury, along the River Severn, to a river gate with direct access to the showground.

One visitor who went on the ferry was Julie Roberts, 43, from Ludlow.

She said: “It was something really fun and special to park up in Frankwell and get a ferry across. 

“It worked really well and meant we avoided most of the traffic queues.”

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