10,000 ENJOY RURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
MORE than 10, 000 people flocked to the annual Bucks County Show at Weedon Park just outside of Aylesbury on Thursday to celebrate rural traditions.
This year was the year of firsts as the Royal Artillery Band made their debut appearance and performed a spectacular show for visitors.
Familiar faces such as BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson, GB gymnast Max Whitlock and England cricketer Alistair Cook enjoyed the prestigious attractions, from cattle competitions to displays of the finest farming the county can offer.
Visiting with his family, 56-year-old Henry Jago said: “It’s such a splendid display of everything that British culture stands for.
“It’s about people’s livelihood, the food, the drink and the pride in the work we do.”
Competition was fierce in the numerous events with winners awarded trophies. The main sections being horses, show jumping, dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep. This was also the first year the show had drawn in more than 60 classes of cattle and 30 classes of sheep.
Falconry and showjumping displays also attracted the crowds as the sun began to shine as the afternoon went on.
Stands ranging from Bucks County Council to Chiltern Cats set up on the site, but it was Trussed Oak that won The Lord Carrington Challenge Trophy for Best Non Agricultural Stand and scooped top prize.
Usborne Books snapped up Best Shopping Marquee Stand and Boarstall Meat was thrilled to win Best Food Hall Stand for the second year in a row.
The showstand also played host to the President of the National Farmers’ Union Meurig Raymond who was there to support the NFU stand to encourage people to buy British food from British
Speaking ahead of his forum, Show secretary Alison Baylis said: “We’re extremely pleased and delighted that he has chosen our show to attend this year.”
Independent food businesses enticed families with their produce and a Bucks Bake Off kept foodies captivated in the food hall.
Visitors also enjoyed traditional crafts, rural markets and arena displays that included a stunt team.
The Bolddog Lings Stunt Team and inset left, National Farmers Union President Meurig Raymond