Sun shines down on Cricklade Show
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THOUSANDS flocked to the Cricklade Show yesterday to enjoy the attractions and displays on offer in the sunshine.
As well as enjoying the horse jumping displays in the three main rings at Upper Broadleaze Farm, families enjoyed a range of attractions including a 26ft tall slide, a Wild West rollercoaster and a bouncy castle.
Visitors also had the opportunity to gorge themselves on candy floss and burgers, hot doughnuts, wares from the beer tent and food from the nacho stand, as well as have a go at Catch a Character and knocking over cans for prizes.
They also enjoyed a dog agility display, birds of prey flying display and a classic car parade as well as a flurry of exotic animals and a craft tent.
Last year, the annual August bank holiday fixture was called off by the bad weather but 2013 saw the sun smiling down and attracting people from the town and surrounding area.
Mark Clarke, of the town council, who was appointed the new chairman of the Cricklade Show Committee 18 months ago was thrilled with the turn out.
“I’m really pleased with how many people have come along,” he said.
“It’s all put together by a small committee of volunteers. I just hope it continues to prosper for many years to come.”
Among visitors to the show was Jenny Shiret and her family, who had come from Royal Wootton Bassett to enjoy the festivities.
She said: “It’s the first time we’ve come to the show. I didn’t know what to expect really. It’s good. The weather made it though.”
Carol Hill was also at the fair along with her partner and grandchildren.
She said: “It’s not bad. It’s just nice that we can bring the little ones along and they can run around and play.”
The money made by the event is ploughed back into the fair, and any surplus generated goes towards supporting community groups.
Mark said: “If we make a surplus the money will go toward supporting local charities and community groups.
“Last time in 2011 we raised more than £4,000, which went towards groups like the Cricklade Cricket Club.”
In the past surplus funds have also supported Cricklade Rugby Club, Minety Dance School, Young Farmers, Thames Pre-school, Cricklade Guides, Cancer Research and Pets as Therapy.
Around 10 years ago the show was primarily an agricultural show, but following the foot and mouth crisis the show has involved into a horse-led event with numerous other attractions.
Last year’s cancellation came after several meetings were held for volunteers to join the organising committee, which received a poor turn-out, and a few days before the big day the committee cancelled the event because of the bad weather.
The show takes place by kind permission of the Sweet family who own the 50 acre working farm, close to Chelworth Road from the end of The Forty.
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