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Derbyshire show goes on despite rain

Hope Valley County Show 2014. Pictured is Ashley Rushton 11 with his prize winning sheep.

Hope Valley County Show 2014. Pictured is Ashley Rushton 11 with his prize winning sheep.

Squally showers and heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits of crowds at an annual agricultural show.

The Hope Show continued to prove its status as one of the top rural shows in the region despite the wet weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Visitors of all ages flocked to the Derbyshire show where they enjoyed livestock competitions, vintage vehicle displays and horticultural stalls.

Highlights this year included the livestock section, which received the largest entry of cattle in recent years, and the popular heavy horse section, which achieved a record number of entrants.

There were six entries in the horse turnout classes, with four in the farmers’ turnout and two in the tradesmen’s turnout, creating a superb spectacle in the main ring.

Other classes, such as the coloured horses and ponies and mountain and moorland ponies, also had a good number of entries, with competitors putting on a great show.

The craft tent was a hive of activity and the show’s tractor section also proved extremely popular, attracting more than 60 entrants from both near and far.

Hope Show president Peter Hayes, said: “It was an excellent and well organised show.

“The atmosphere was excellent and though the summer broke a day early for us in attendance terms, it held off better than we might have expected and everyone I spoke to was pragmatic and pleased to be there.”

 

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