THE 163rd annual Moorgreen Country Show once again proved a major August Bank Holiday crowd puller.
Despite worries about the weather, 10,000 people flocked to the two-day event at Front Park, Watnall, which had a new layout this year.
There were spells of brilliant sunshine on Sunday and although black clouds hovered above the 40-acre showground on Monday, the rain kept off for most of the day.
The event attracted more interest than usual this year as many other agricultural shows across the country had been called off because of persistent heavy rain earlier in the summer.
The new show secretary, Allison Pilling, said she was delighted with the public response.
“I am so relieved that everything came together after all the hard work that is involved,” said Allison.
“After all the rain of the last few weeks, including a heavy downpour on Saturday night, we felt quite nervous about how it would turn out but fortunately the ground drained well.
“I would like to make special mention of the site manager, Pete King, who did a great job.”
The spectacular dancing diggers from J.C.Balls have now become a major feature of the show programme.
The JCB drivers never cease to amaze with their precision manoeuvres and they impressively overcame the challenge of performing on a heavy surface in the main arena.
Dancing of a different kind was provided by Jive Pony, which was making its show debut. The act comprises two girls from the Cotswolds, Rebecca Townsend and Amy Panter, who perform daring stunts on the backs of their mounts, Ronan and Navvi.
Popular Dave Hodgkinson, 61, of South Street, Eastwood, won four top awards in the vegetable section and Fred Bailey, of Basford, was another of the main vegetable trophy winners.
Brothers Alfie and Ronnie Parrett, of Yorke Street, Hucknall both picked up first prizes in competitions for children and yoong people.
Nine-year-old Alfie won his award in the category for decorated plant pots and Ronnie, 11, achieved his success with a computer-generated A4 poster.
A trophy presented by former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinsin in memory of his mother, the late Kathleen Robinson, for the best display of cut flowers was won for the third year running by Dorothy Allsop, of Smalley, Derbyshire. Dorothy also received the award for floral art, which this year had the theme of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
The 100-year history of tractors was the theme in a special procession of farm vehicles, while classic car entries included an original model-T Ford and a Rolls-Royce.
The top trophy-winning shire horse was Red Brae Susannah, owned by the Sessions family from Derbyshire’s Ashbourne area.
A feathered celebrity at the show was Gizmo, a parrot which has met the Queen, and hilariious pig races attracted spectators of all ages.
John Mason, of an Eastwood-based vets’ surgery which has covered the show for many years, is stepping down after three years as the show president.
He said: “I thought the show went very well this year and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”