Wolverhampton City Show and Wolvestock made a triumphant return at a new venue.
Thousands of friends, families and music lovers flocked to Dunstall Park racecourse for this weekend’s two-day event, which was relocated for the first time in its 43-year history after a long-standing association with West Park.
Sights on offer included the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcross Team performing their astounding aerial tricks, Big Pete and the Grim Reaper’s crowd-pleasing Monster Trucks show and the return of renowned country music festival, Wolvestock.
Wolverhampton Mayor Ian Brookfield, who officially opened the show on Saturday, said: “The City Show has been an absolutely fantastic success this year.
“The sun was shining, everyone seemed to have a great time and it was fantastic to see so many people come out and enjoy themselves.
“Personally, I am delighted that Wolvestock has returned and I am also looking forward to seeing the Monster Trucks show.
“There is so much to see I think I will have to come back on Sunday without my suit and try to take it all in.
“The new venue took things up another level.”
Members of the public had expressed their surprise at the announcement that the City Show would be held a the racecourse this year.
However, those who came out were in unanimous agreement that the venue had taken the show to another level by keeping everything closer together.
Bushbury couple David and Louise Cairs took their daughter Poppy, aged just seven and a half weeks.
Mrs Cairs, 29, said: “I am really surprised at how good the event is to be honest.
“It is our first time and we have came along with quite a big family group, but there is something for everyone. I really like the venue and would definitely come again.”
Grandfather Willy Barton, 59, from Ashmore Park, said the show was a ‘perfect’ day out for him and his young grandson Dylan.
He said: “I have been to the City Show in the past but this is a much better place to hold it.
“It is a perfect way to spend time with the family and I have brought my grandson here for the first time.
“Combining Wolvestock and the show was a great idea, you aren’t too far from anything and there is a lot to see.”
The incorporation of Wolvestock, which was given the axe last year, proved a major draw for punters, with caravan camping tickets selling out.
Jim Duncan, 60, from Brewood, organises the country music festival and said he was ‘delighted’ with how things panned out.
He said: “I really love the new layout, it is like an American state fair, you have the monster trucks, the hot dogs, the country music and the beers all together.
“We were delighted to have been invited and we have managed to attract some brilliant acts as a result of our popularity.”