THOUSANDS of people flocked to Usk on Saturday to enjoy one of the last agricultural shows of the summer.

With more than 200 cattle on show and craft, poultry, horticultural and refreshment marquees, the event catered for people of all ages and interests.

One of the most popular exhibitions was the City of Newport Model Engineering Society's collection of steam engines, trains and boats.

Many children enjoyed free rides on a specially constructed track built by members of the club.

Club member Roy Gravenor said: "It's very popular with the kids, and adults too.

"You'd be surprised how many older people have had a go."

Gwyneth and John Bailey, of Pandy, Abergavenny, visited the show for the first time with their six-year-old granddaughter, Phoebe. Mr Bailey said:

"It's really lovely here. It's a very big site and a great family day out."

Mrs Bailey added: "I was very impressed with the food hall, which had lots of local produce.

"My granddaughter really liked the chickens and the ducks in the animal tent."

The show has been running for more than 150 years and is widely regarded as marking the end of the summer.

Organiser Fiona Jenkins, who has been running the show for five years, said: "It really is a wonderful family day out and involves a huge band of helpers to put on."

The crowds enjoyed horse exhibitions, tractor shows and numerous competitions. Judges visited all the different craft and animal exhibitions, awarding prizes to the best exhibitors.

Local young people from the Usk Young Farmers Club were also at the show, trying to promote farming among youngsters in the community and recruit new members.

Chris Lovett, 24, chairman of the club, said: "This is a cracking show. There is still a very big agricultural section to this show and I think that is what appeals to so many people."