The Henley Farm & Country Show harvested a huge big crowd on Saturday in the sunshine after a year off with families wanting to return for a great day out to enjoy all the sights and sounds that they know and love The Henley Show for.
From horse jumping to a falconry display, giant tortoises to the hilarious sheep show, classic cars to winning bulls – there was something for everyone. The classic fun fair is always big crowd puller and the screams from the high chair spinner was a wonderful sound to hear the children letting off some steam after the year they have had.
In the Main Ring the crowds enjoyed top class showing jumping, winning livestock, heavy horses as well as light trade driving, hunt hounds, classic vehicles and tractor parades.
Sadly there was no produce tent with the biggest, juiciest or most delicious competing for the prizes as the decision to hold the show was only made in June this year so not enough time for the growing season. This year though the popular Farm and Crop competition was rejuvenated by Robert Annan which attracted new entries and prizes.
There was a new layout too to allow more space and the trader stalls were all asked to bring their own gazebos instead of being housed altogether in a marquee as before to allow everyone to be in the open air.
The Berkshire Guild of Spinners and Weavers set themselves a challenge to turn a newly shorn fleece into a cushion which had to be carded, spun, plied and then knitted.
The Aldabra giant tortoises, originally from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles and one of the largest tortoises in the world were back by popular demand.
Aurora and her Mum Amy (pictured with the tortoise above) who were visiting from near Hungerford. Amy said, “It’s the first time we’ve been to the show and it’s lovely. It’s such a nice show and I will definitely come again. Aurora has really enjoyed it and the fairground has been fantastic.”
The show had an added extra loud attraction this year with the Red Arrows flying over in the afternoon on the way to Abingdon Air Show.
New President, Alan Pontin said, “The show is a real coming together of the local community in producing one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country, whilst catering for so many different interests.