Thousands flock to Ashwell Show for bank holiday scorcher

PUBLISHED: 13:57 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 29 August 2017

Joseph Okell, aged five, from Letchworth tries out a 1952 Ferguson Tedeo Tractor. Picture: Clive Porter

Joseph Okell, aged five, from Letchworth tries out a 1952 Ferguson Tedeo Tractor. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

Thousands of people headed to the Ashwell Show yesterday to enjoy activities and attractions in the bank holiday sunshine.

Canadian great grey owl Bluebell with falconer Alistair Lease from Hawkeye Falconry UK.  Picture: Clive PorterCanadian great grey owl Bluebell with falconer Alistair Lease from Hawkeye Falconry UK. Picture: Clive Porter

Highlights included ‘the lamb national’ sheep racing show, ferret racing, and circus school.

There was also a traditional horse show – with almost 100 horses competing in both showing and clear round jumping – and a dog competition, complete with dog paddling pool to keep the canines cool.

Show chairman John Connolly said: “The weather gods were certainly looking down on us this year for our setting-up days and the day itself, and the crowds have really come out to support us.

“The show has been running for more than 90 years and on a day like this one you can see it’s just as popular as ever.

“It’s been great to see so many families here enjoying themselves – this is what makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“And of course the committee is thrilled at the turnout because all our profits get given out to local organisations like Ashwell Primary School, Ashwell Playgroup and the scouts – so more attendees means more money for those groups.”

Also at the show in Elbrook Meadow were the Ladder 87 Company, who got everyone involved in their fire engine-themed tasks.

Hundreds of children were treated to face-painting and glitter tattoos, and enjoyed a Punch and Judy show, free children’s craft tent, mini farm, pony rides, and the chance to hold snakes and reptiles.

Visitors also took in the sights of the birds of prey demonstration, vintage cars, tractors, craft tent, and shopping stalls.

This year there were also new food and drink stalls to tantalise visitors’ taste buds, with gourmet toasties, pulled meat, Sri Lankan cuisine, Lebanese treats, wood-fired pizzas, and buttermilk chicken.

The Ashwell Show is organised by volunteers and operates a not-for-profit policy, with any money raised given to community clubs, societies and organisations.

Last year the show handed out more than £8,000 to worthy causes, with those organisations sending volunteers to help with the running of the show.

Over the years the show has donated more than £100,000.

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