AROUND 2,500 people attended the annual Brailes Village Show on Saturday to celebrate its 70th anniversary, smashing all previous attendance records.
The show raised an estimated £8,000, which goes towards running the village hall and other village activities.
After wet weather cancelled it last year, the organisers worked hard to make sure it was a bumper year this time around.
One of the committee, Sharon Plant, said: “It was the best one we’ve ever had. We could not believe how successful it was, obviously we all worked our socks off.”
The event was opened on the day by local farmer Chris Righton, born in Brailes in 1943, the year of the first ever show.
Two-hundred people entered the horse show which had a variety of different classes, including a new one for racehorses.
There were over 600 entries to the traditional flower, vegetable, and craft show, providing tough competition for all the cups and prizes on offer.
Displays in the main arena included Zumba dancing, dog agility, a falconry display, and a performance by Brailes Drama Club.
Vintage tractors and motor bikes - including a 1913 Phelon & Moore motorcycle - were brought down for people to admire.
The Shipston Town Band kept the crowds entertained all afternoon, and the ladies from the village’s WI provided tea and cakes in the Village Hall, which was decked out as a 1940s tea room.
On top of that there were twenty-five stalls, a Pimm’s tent, beer tent, BBQ, and wood fired pizzas, ensuring that no-one went hungry or thirsty.
Shipston Young Farmers ran a ‘Toss the Bale’ competition and also organised the after show party which went on until after midnight.
Katie Haycock, Vice-Chairman on the show’s organising committee, said: “We had a great day, and takings were up on previous years. We have got to finalise some of the costs, but we estimate we raised around £8,000.”
For more photos see today's Stratford Herald.
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