THOUSANDS of people flocked to the Manifold Agricultural Show on Saturday which organisers said could turn out to be a third successive record breaking year.
It was again held at one of the most stunning locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands countryside at Castern Hall grounds, which is situated between the villages of Ilam and Alstonefield.
Glorious weather welcomed visitors to the showground for the 35th show which saw the car park and trade stand spaces packed to capacity, while catering and ice cream vendors enjoyed a roaring trade.
Attractions, which kept the large crowd entertained, included a puissance, slow tractor race and a dog and duck display.
Chairman of the show committee Bruce Daniels said: “We are delighted with the day. The cattle entry has been excellent and we have had more than 80 trade stands.
“It is also very encouraging to see them busy. I think people like the show because it is also a social occasion as they meet people they have not seen for a while.”
Secretary of the organising committee Mark Simcock said the signs were that the show could well be another record year.
He said: “We have had a very successful day and the weather has been good for us.
“The number of visitors is brilliant and we are also very pleased with the entries in the livestock and Shire horse sections.
“We seem to be doing something right. It is a traditional show and it brings people from the towns and countryside together.”
Treasurer Jason Hails also said that the show had enjoyed a very good day.
He said: “There has been a large crowd which has resulted in a brilliant day.
“The weather has been perfect and people do seem to enjoy the show which could well be another record breaker.”
It was a yet another good day for the Belfield family of Sheen as they took prizes with their cattle.
The family took the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Trophy for the Supreme Show Champion. They also took the Doctor Williams Trophy for the champion local beef animal and the White Peak Butchery Trophy for the champion bull.
The Nestle Trophy for the champion local dairy animal was won by the Adams family of Alstonefield.
The Higton and Gill Trophy for the best young handler in the beef section was won by Nathan Wright, while the Low End Trophy for the best young handler in the dairy breed was won by Lewis Fallows.
In the sheep section it was a good day for Tom Richardson of Throwley Moor who won the R J Critchlow Cup for the best entry in the sheep classes; The Bury and Hilton Cup for the best pair of ewe lambs and for the best pair of butcher’s lambs and also the Cynthia Hurt Trophy for the best exhibit of a pair of Ewes and Shearling ewes.
The Bev Grindey Trophy for the best ram was won by the Belfields.
The Charlotte Hails Salver for the best rare breed sheep went to Eve Birch and The Charlotte Trophy for the best cade lamb went to William Staples.
In the Shire horse class the Supreme Champion went to L M Fountain of Marston Montgomery who also won the junior champion class.
The Reserve Champion Trophy went to Curbishley Farm of Holmes Chapel.
The large poultry and pet marquee, which was organised by the Henmore Poultry Club, attracted a large entry and was bustling with visitors all through the afternoon.
The Best in Show trophy went to Sue Adkins of Burton on Trent with her Silkie female, while the Best Reserve in Show winner was P & A Pennington.
In the pet show the large Fowl Cock or Hen was won by Fitzherbert Primary School, Fenny Bentley; Bantam Cock or Hen, Hollie Shaw; Rabbit, Vicky Ball; Guinea Pig, Vicky Ball, who also won Best Pet in Show.
In the horticultural section the Best in Show award went to Jean Allen of Alstonefield for her afternoon tea on a tray display.
In the vegetable section Jim Peach of Warslow had a successful day by taking several first prizes.
Cathy Reavy won the Brian Ross Memorial Trophy for her photography and Noel Peat took first prize in the novice class for home grown vegetables
The homemade bread made by a gentleman was won by Gilbert Chambers of Alstonefield.
In the children’s classes Tabby Green of Tissington took the top award in the under 15 competition, while Elliott Gould of Warslow won the under 11 and Edie Hambleton of Alstonefield the under sevens.
Handicraft steward, Sara Lipp, said: “This has been a fantastic year as we have had lots of entries. It is the biggest received for many years and they are all of very good quality. It is great that people have taken the time to enter.”
The Bert Wharmby Trophy for the best in show in the dog and pet section was won by Anita Blaze of Cheddleton.
The best trade stand was won by Peter Vaughan of The Sweet Station.
The show committee offers an annual student bursary to students who are about to embark on a higher education course.
Students have to reside in one of the parishes bounding the River Manifold. The grant scheme is known as The George Richardson Memorial Bursary.
Mr Richardson was president of the show committee for ten years and was involved in the creation of the society.
Anyone interested is asked to contact Mark Simcock on 07971 961570 or visit the Manifold Valley Agricultural Society website www.manifoldshow.org.uk