Record numbers enjoy a mix of farming tradition and fun entertainment at the 2017 Wayland Show
PUBLISHED: 20:26 06 August 2017 | UPDATED: 20:50 06 August 2017
Copyright: Archant 2017
Glorious sunshine and the chance to learn about farming livestock, watch racing sheep and daring motorcyclists brought record numbers to one of the country’s longest running agricultural shows this weekend.
Aiming to entertain and educate, a mix of traditional country show pastimes and modern delights for all the family helped attract more visitors than ever to 144th Wayland show.
Highlights of this year’s show ranged from a family fun dog show, a parade of vintage tractors, the fearless performances of the Imps motorcycle display team and a host of food and drink from Norfolk producers.
But for many it is the chance to see prize-winning livestock, traditional agricultural practices and the chance to get up close and personal with sheep, cattle, pigs, horses and poultry which brings visitors back year on year to the show.
Former dairy farmer Ava Malt who was at the show with her dairy cattle said: “The show is a typical country fair, the general public love coming to see the livestock. I enjoy interacting with them and talking to them about the cattle.”
For Jack Burr, who was visiting the show for the first time with his family, there were many highlights to choose from.
The 10-year-old said: “I liked looking at all the animals, the lamb national and the Imps motorcycle team.”
While seven-year-old Tallulah Watkins said the whole day had been ‘wonderful’.
But putting together an event which both entertains and educates the public is no easy task. For the show organisers and more than 100 volunteers who make the event happen, the day is the culmination of a lot of hard work and preparation.
Fabian Eagle, the show chairman, said: “We’re entirely pleased with the day and the numbers seem to be up on last year.
“The whole idea behind the show is that every feature has a benefit, it has got to be a damn good day out and a nice mix. You can’t pick out a highlight, the cattle are back, the Imps motorcycle team are fantastic, the home section, there is so much you can’t pinpoint just one thing.
“We’re constantly trying to re-invent things but always keeping its old core.”