NOT even the wet weather failed to dampen the spirits at Oswestry Show as thousands of people poured through gates on Saturday.
Heavy rain soaked the agricultural showground at Park Hall throughout the morning but from lunchtime onwards the sun came out, as did the crowds with organisers estimating visitor decent visitor numbers.
“The rain may have been heavy but Oswestry Show remains one of the best one day shows in the country, if not the very best,” said show president John Jones.
“Weather aside, everything was fantastic, a really great day. It was brilliant to see so many people competing and exhibiting, it just goes to show how highly regarded Oswestry Show is.”
Entries in most sections were up on last year, ensuring a tremendous turnout out of livestock, horticulture and crafts for showgoers to enjoy.
“The show is in good heart. The layout is superb and entries are up,” said show chairman Malcolm Roberts.
“The Lleyn section was up and the horticulture section was truly stunning, boasting in excess of 800 entries. The cattle section was up by 25 and the small livestock section continues to grow.”
There was also 130 trade stands at the show and fantastic entertainment inside the main ring, including 2012 Grand National winning horse Neptune Collonges and the Imps motorcycles display team.
Mayor of Oswestry John Gareth Jones said he was extremely impressed with the show this year.
“There are so many really talented people living in Oswestry and the surrounding area. It is only when you come to the show that you realise just how much talent we have living around us,” he said.
“Oswestry Show is a fantastic day out for all the family. Not even the weather could ruin the day.”
Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, was also impressed.
Enjoying the day with his wife Rose, he said: “The first Saturday in August is one of those dates that is fixed in my diary. The show is a superb day out and one I make sure I never miss.
“It is so nice to walk around and see the show in such good health and so well supported by thousands of people.”
And the moment the 2014 show was over organisers were already thinking ahead to next year’s, the 130th.
“The planning for next year is already underway. The main ring entertainment for 2015 is already in the process of being booked, ” said Mr Roberts.
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