10,000 EN­JOY RU­RAL EX­TRAV­A­GANZA

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

farm­ers.

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

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