Fun in the sun at Ashover Show

The sun shone as Ashover Show got underway today.

Thousands of country fair revellers savoured the sights, sounds and smells of traditional rural life at the much-loved annual village extravaganza.

Handsome Beast: Mike Bingham of Worksop and his shire horse Seth wait to enter the parade ring at the annual Ashover Show.

Handsome Beast: Mike Bingham of Worksop and his shire horse Seth wait to enter the parade ring at the annual Ashover Show.

The 81st show featured dozens of horticultural, livestock and agricultural competitions with entries from across the region.

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Families praised this year’s jam-packed and fun-filled event, which took place at Rectory Fields.

John Young, 68, from Ashbourne, said: “We’re having a brilliant time. The event is very intimate and gives everyone a boost. It’s everything I expected and probably better.”

Sandra Clark, 70, of Totley, added: “It’s great for the whole community. A lot people can use this as a meeting place. There’s a great variety of things to see.”

Elizabeth Clark, 77, from Totley, said: “Everyone seems to be having a good time. There’s plenty for the children as well. We’ve been coming for years and as long as the sun shines we always enjoy ourseleves.”

Rosemary Bell, 57, of Alfreton, added: “It’s especially busy this year, which might have something to do with the sun coming out.”

Stephen Wilkins, 57, from Brimington, said: “We’ve seen a lot of people we know and they’re all having a good time. If you get a sunny day like this you’re bound to enjoy yourself.”

Jayne Collins, of Stavely, added: “There’s a lot of different stalls and they’re all good quality. This is the first time I’ve been and I think it’s great.”

A spokesman said: “Ashover Show is one of the most popular agricultural events in the country, enjoys tremendous loyalty and support from its members, supporters and visitors and intends to continue to offer outstanding value and a full day’s entertainment for many years to come.”