More than 20,000 flock to Monmouthshire Show
10:21am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
MORE than 20,000 visitors flocked through the gates at the annual Monmouthshire Show yesterday.
The event, held at Monmouthshire Showground at Redbrook, is one of Wales’ largest one-day country shows.
Visitors browsed more than 350 stalls from craft and local food to cider making and a collection of vintage cars and tractors and enjoyed displays from Gun Dogs, a young farmers' chariot race and show-jumping competitions throughout the day, as well as a dog show with over 1,000 entries.
Among the main attractions in the main ring were Inch Perfect Trials Display Team which provided an action-packed motorcycle display, the scurry championships and the grand parade.
The show is seen as a major livestock show, with cattle, sheep, goats, horses and pigs awarded rosettes by the show’s judges.
Among the young exhibitors was Colette Powell, seven, of Raglan, who was preparing to show her aunt Janet Parry’s Ryeland Sheep to the judges.
Sisters Iris, three and Ramona, one of Newcastle, near Monmouth, came with their dad Dan Perrett.
He said: “We have had a look around but the girls are really excited about seeing the sheep.”
Sofia Hale, six, of Monmouth, was delighted to meet a clown in the crowd.
The Osbaston Primary School pupil, added: “ I’ve liked seeing the goats and want to watch the show jumping.”
Raglan family Colin and Karen Grove brought along son Charlie, two.
Mr Grove said: “As a farming family we have been coming to the show for years."
“It’s an important day for the farming community and one of the biggest one-day shows in Wales.”
Ruby Prewett, 90, a life-long member of the Monmouthshire Show society, was one of the first farmers' wives and daughters to start the produce and handicraft section after the Second World War.
Mrs Prewett, of Trellech Grange, near Chepstow, said: “ The show has grown tremendously over the years.”
Show secretary, Anna Williams, said pre-ticket sales were fantastic and predicted the numbers would exceed 20,000.
She said: “The weather is ideal and the atmosphere is great.”
“We have made a few changes this year including introducing a park and ride system and improving the Country Matters area to make it more interactive.”
“It’s a good family day out and its looks as though visitor numbers will exceed 20,000.”
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