Almost perfect weather helped the Woodhall Spa Country Show achieve an excellent turnout of exhibitors and the public on Sunday.
“We couldn’t have asked for better”, said Chairman John Michael as the event enjoyed light broken cloud, a warm temperature and a pleasant breeze which helped keep the fine display of livestock cool and the food service stands busy.
A substantial crowd round the main ring enjoyed performances by the horse-back Galloping Acrobats and some high-speed manoeuvring by the ponies and carriages of the Lincolnshire branch of the British Driving Society.
There were also parades of vintage vehicles, agricultural machinery and cycles, with the day culminating in that regular crowd-pleaser, terrier racing.
More than 100 trade stands were at the show, and the section judge, Charles Pinchbeck, from Heckington, commented on the variety of exhibitors and the willingness of stand-holders to interact with the public.
A packed Heritage Tent and a fine display of crafts drew visitors to the further end of the field from the entrances, ensuring as good distribution of the public throughout the event
In the livestock lines, the Interbreed sheep Championship was taken by T Mawer, with a Charollais, while the Lincoln Longwool was a ram shown by Louise Fairburn. Julie Evans’ yearling bull took the Lincoln Red Cattle Championship, but lost out in the Interbreed to Harry Horrell, from Thorney with a Shorthorn Cow, Podehole Phantasy Aurora.
In Woodhall’s own special Championship Class – that of Champion of Champions, the Shorthorn cow took the award with the best poultry exhibit, a Serama Bantam cockerel from Mrs M Chenery, as runner-up.
In the machinery section, the Best Tractor award went to local man C Creasy, from Woodhall Spa, with a Fordson Super Major