IT was a show of two halves at this year’s Lincolnshire Show.
Wednesday was sunglasses and sandals but Thursday was wellies and raincoats as organisers and stall holders battled to keep up with the elements.
A glorious first day saw crowds up on last year’s figures making the most of the sunshine, while traders aimed to recoup losses from previous events around the country that had been rained off in previous weeks.
There was everything from champion livestock and showjumping to knights on horseback, farriery to flower arranging, gardening to massive farm machinery on show in the judging rings, main arena and shopping opportunities galore.
But just 24 hours later the heavens opened on Thursday morning reducing parts of the showground north of Lincoln to mud and some vehicles did get into difficulty in the car park.
Although slightly down on numbers, many people still flocked to the show, eventually filling the car parks, although not as quickly as on Wednesday. They came dressed for the elements to make sure they did not miss a bargain and enjoyed a full programme of entertainment after it was deemed safe to carry on despite the wet surface. Some of the horse riding was toned down for safety reasons.
Organisers estimate the overall visitor numbers could have topped 60,000 over the two days, around the same as last year, helped by the bumper crowds of the first day.
As an agricultural county there was a whole host of food producers displaying and selling their wares and Harmston Young Farmers Club entered in the decorated tractor and trailer cavalcade around the main ring.
There were a number of winners from the Sleaford area in the sheep and cattle sections, representatives from Sleaford Beekeepers Association in the bee tent and in the Schools Challenge there were teams from Ancaster Primary School, Sir William Robertson High School, St George’s Academy and Kesteven and Sleaford High School.
Among the entertainment in the BBC marquee were the Billinger Ruffs folk trio from Billinghay, playing there for the first time.
They did two spots each day while partners were busy selling CD albums and merchandise including amusingly branded tee-shirts.
Trevor Glenn said they were also due to do Heckington Show as well this year, performing in the entertainment tent during the day, then playing in the evening before the 20-piece orchestra comes on for the firework finale concert. He said: “They are going to be playing music from War of the Worlds and I have been asked to do the narration for that, which is something I am looking forward to.
The group have also just written a Lincolnshire Sausage protest song, will be recording their new album soon and continuing their Village Hall tour. Go to www.abitofruff.com