MORE than 9,000 people have flocked to Ashbourne Show this year, leaving organisers filled with optimism over the event's future.
Official attendance figures announced yesterday indicate more than 9,200 people poured through the gates on Saturday, one of its best years in recent history with huge numbers of horses, sheep and cattle, put before the judges.
The Shire Horse Society's new chairman, Peter Oven, says the organising committee is already looking at ways to capitalise on the show's success.
He told the News Telegraph: "We've had excellent footfall through the gates and an increase in livestock and trade stands, so it's been a very successful year for Ashbourne Show.
"We're now looking forward to building on that success for next year and for the years to come."
In two years' time the show will be celebrating its 125th year and the committee says it has big plans in place to celebrate the milestone.
However, Mr Oven said the show would maintain its agricultural focus, maintaining the show's traditional values as one of the highlights of the farming calendar.