VIDEO: Bright and breezy show at Woodhall Spa

0
Have your say

A stiff breeze did not deter crowds at this year’s Woodhall Spa Country Show at the weekend.

The village showground on Sunday hosted the annual event which again contained the usual colourful and varied range of events and attractions.

Horse and carriages in the main show ring

Horse and carriages in the main show ring

Chairman John Michael said that it was not possible to give gate figures yet, but he was confident there had been an excellent turnout.

The theme of this year’s show was poultry and eggs, and the two marquees devoted to the subject were always busy, with fine displays of both commodities organised by the East of England Poultry Club, with the help of history timelines and additional information.

The National Farmers Union, Moy Park, Pedersens and Fairburn’s Eggs supported the topic with additional material from the production side of the businesses.

Basking in warm sunshine, people also enjoyed in the main ring a Dog and Duck display by Tom Longton, a frequent winner of One Man and his dog competition.

Sandra Roseby from the Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Sandra Roseby from the Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

An excellent turnout of livestock saw John and Wendy Laight from Cowbridge win the Cattle Championship with their yearling British Blue heifer Witham Bank Jade and then go on to achieve the overall Champion of Champions.

For that they had needed to beat a Barred Wyandotte bantam shown by Leon Smith, who had come all the way from Great Yarmouth, and Mr and Mrs L Fairburn’s yearling Lincoln Longwool ewe brought from Market Rasen; the poultry and sheep interbreed champions respectively.

Michael Read’s bull Hemingby Ian took the Lincoln Red Cattle Championship, and the Best Craft Stand title was awarded to Stan and Irene Hampson from Billinghay, who have been exhibitors at the show since its inception.

Mr Read commented that one of the strengths of the event was the long-standing support they have had from exhibitors, visitors and the local community.

Milan Orrey (4), Ocean Orrey (7) and Madrid Orrey (4) tuck into their tasty treats

Milan Orrey (4), Ocean Orrey (7) and Madrid Orrey (4) tuck into their tasty treats

“There are so many people and organisations that give us help with our finances, the organisation of the show or just by being on hand to help on the day. We would really struggle without that backing, and we are most grateful for it,” he said.

Tessa Bustance with one of her prize-winning sheep

Tessa Bustance with one of her prize-winning sheep