The 72nd Annual Eccleshall Show which was held last Saturday proved to be a huge success. After a cloudy and showery start to the day, the sun came out and so did the crowds. With near record numbers through the gate, this great community event once more delivered throughout the day.
The crowds packed around the main ring to watch the headline attraction, The Company of Horsemen, whose members performed death defying horseback stunts re enacting the days of the Wild West. The main ring also saw the return of Elaine Hill with her sheep dogs herding ducks – a great success with the children who were invited into the ring to help. Vintage tractors took a turn round the ring and of course the children’s sports proved immensely popular.
The giant Horticulture and Craft marquee was very busy all day as visitors were able to see the results of the judging of some 140 classes from veg and fruit growing to cookery, art and photography. Also in that marquee craftsmen and women demonstrated their skills including marquetry, wood carving and rocking horse making.
Around the showground there was plenty to entertain the children and their parents – lots of trade stands, a food hall, bouncy castle and funfair, face painting and Punch and Judy. For car enthusiasts there was a huge turnout of vintage cars, lorries and tractors. Horse lovers were well catered for with a full day of competitive classes in three rings in the Equestrian area with some 40 classes for adults and children.
“We have had a brilliant show” said Show Chairman Edward Lambert. “A tremendous crowd of people all enjoying a really great day out and local charities will benefit. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have put in so much hard work to make it all happen.”