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Somerford show basks in the sunshine
Thousands of families basked in the sunshine as they took in the sights and sounds of country life at the Somerford Show on Saturday.
Little American Indians dressed up for the equestrian events, while locals showed off their prize produce in the agricultural and horticultural exhibits at Brook Farm, Great Somerford.
The country show, which is the 117th to be held, has changed little since it began in 1889, with attractions such as a horse and dog show, a duck race and traditional fairground entertainment.
“The weather was great and we had lots of people coming in this year,” said organising committee member James Webb.
“We do change little bits each year but it is what it is; it’s a village show.
“People like to bring their produce to show off, which is great, and we had a duck race where the ducks actually swam this year, rather than going the wrong way because the wind is too strong, like last year; it can be chaotic.”
The event ran from noon until 5pm with more visitors than normal through the gates, spurred on by the warm sunshine.
“We probably got 2,500 people here, if not more,” said Mr Webb, who is yet to confirm numbers.
“Some years people come and the weather is wet and it’s pretty miserable, but the beer tent was spilling out with people sat by the river watching the ducks race.
“There was a jovial atmosphere and it’s basically just people from the local area enjoying a day out.”
The light-hearted companion dog show, with competitions such as ‘waggiest tail’, ‘best trick’ and ‘cheekiest-looking dog/bitch’, was held in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
The industrial section of the event included photography competitions, best chocolate fudge cake, best Olympic themed table arrangement and even a decorated Wellington boot competition in the children’s section.
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