PICTURES: Classic engines prove there's a lot more to steam
A name change paved the way for one of the firm favourites of the Westcountry summer diary to report a bumper year.
The West of England Steam Rally this year transformed into the Cornish Steam and Country Fair, a new name designed to reflect the range of traditional pursuits on offer.
The three-day event, held at Stithians Showground at the weekend, was hugely popular, said Samantha Eastman, of organisers The West of England Steam Engine Society.
"It was a really great event," she said. "We had 6,000 through the gate at the weekend, which is a lot better than last year.
"We did have some really good weather on Friday and Sunday. It was a bit wetter on Saturday, but the rain didn't stop play."
The show, in its 58th year, featured 100 steam traction engines noisily churning away.
Mrs Eastman said the crowds enjoyed the wide range of classic steam engines – big and small – and vintage vehicles on display at the showground.
They also flocked to grab the chance of a ride on a trailer pulled by a steam engine.
"I tried to have a go several times over the weekend and every time I went there was a huge queue, so people obviously liked it."
As well as the name change, the event saw a number of other innovations, including the Made in Cornwall tent which showcased the cooking skills of a number of chefs.
The attraction was so popular that it will be expanded next year.
A range of street entertainers also kept the crowds happy, said Mrs Eastman.