Record turnout enjoys all the fun at the Somerford Show
9:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Latest News
Warm weather has been thanked for bringing out a record number of people to the 118th Somerford Show on Saturday.
About 2,000 people flocked to Great Somerford either to participate in the equestrian and horticultural competitions or simply to soak up the relaxed atmosphere.
Show chairman George Candy, who has been involved for about 20 years, said: “We thought it was a great success. We think we had record gate receipts this year and it looked a lot busier than it has done in a long time.
“The weather was a great help; it was just about the right temperature, so it was definitely one thing that brought people out.
“Over the last few years we have grown a bit with trade stalls, and people liked the display of vintage tractors. The horse entries were up on the day from last year.”
Families enjoyed a funfair, bouncy castles, dog show, bowls competition and duck race.
While some attempted to lower large ‘jigsaw pieces’ into slots using a crane from Nurden Plant Hire, others were busy sampling the local produce on offer ranging from cheeses, to burgers, cake and, of course, the beer tent.
The event was rounded off with the duck race, which raised £650. Money raised from the race has been split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Little Somerford Pre-school.
Mr Candy said: “The show wouldn’t be here without our sponsors. We have about 50 of them and the show just wouldn’t be going otherwise.”
James Robinson, who has lived in Great Somerford for more than 30 years, said: “We enjoyed the show as it’s a chance to catch up with old faces and see all the exhibits, and we were amazed at the quality and quantity of the entrants in all the sections.”
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