Bumper crowd basks under blue skies at country show
Thousands of visitors enjoyed the sunshine at a country show that was brimming with exhibitors this year.
The crowds turned out to make this year's Holsworthy and Stratton Show one of the busiest that organisers can remember.
A combination of the hot weather and more exhibitors than previous years led to a bumper show, which opened at the showground just outside Holsworthy in North Devon yesterday.
Alison Heywood, secretary of the show, said she was thrilled with how the annual event had gone.
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She said: "It has run so smoothly, thankfully, and the weather has been amazing.
"This year we had 200 trade stand exhibitors and an extra 100 animals being shown.
"People come back year after year, which is really nice, but I think people came last year after North Devon Show was cancelled and it has made them want to come back.
"It has been a great atmosphere and I think after 11 years of being secretary I think I know how to run a show.
"One of the best bits is always the grand parade in the afternoon – hundreds of animals take part."
Stephanie Devoy, from Bude, tries to visit the show each year and said she loves the variety of things to do and see.
She added: "There is just a great variety and you always see familiar faces. You can have a good catch-up with people you haven't seen for a while.
Sinead Sweeny, 18, from Holsworthy, said: "I come down every year, mainly for the horses. I ride when I can. It is just really social."
Dairy farmer Craig Rowland, from South Hellescott farm, in North Petherwin Farm in Cornwall, said his cows had survived the heat.
He said: "I think it has been hot for all the animals but they have had a better day than they would have done in the field, they have got awnings and I just gave the cows a hose down with water.
"It has been a good show today."