Fun, fun, fun as thousands enjoy Spring Fling
PUBLISHED: 16:38 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:20 10 April 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
The sun may not have had his hat on at the Norfolk Showground but that did not worry the 5000-strong crowd which flocked to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's fun and educational one-day show.
We had such an amazing day!
That was the overwhelming verdict from thousands of young showgoers after an another successful Spring Fling.
The sun may not have had his hat on at the Norfolk Showground but that did not worry the 5000-strong crowd which flocked to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association’s fun and educational one-day show.
The 19th Spring Fling offered hands-on interaction and education on food, farming and discovery from 80 exhibitors including Mr Mawkins Farm, dog and sheep shows and a variety of vintage agricultural machinery.
New this year was the emergency services village, where the East Anglian Air Ambulance offered tuition in CPR.
However, the foggy conditions meant a planned air ambulance helicopter landing was unable to take place.
Greg Smith, RNAA chief executive, said: “Apart from the helicopter the weather did not effect the show one iota. It’s gone very well.”
Ten-year-old Amber Mycroft from Downham Market said: “I liked the horsies and the vehicles. It’s our first time here.”
Amber’s mum, Bee Mycroft, said: “It’s nice to have a hands on experience for the kids where you see activity and actually do something.”
The Spring Fling was first held in 2000 and was launched as a joint initiative with the EDP and the RNAA to encourage more understanding by children about food, farming and the countryside.
Its primary aim is to educate three to seven year olds in the farming culture of Norfolk, and to re-connect children with where their food comes from.
But Steffan Griffiths, headmaster of Norwich School said: “The event is just as important in educating the parents as the children.”
All of the exhibitors volunteered their time and resources.
Zoe Mitchell, a member of Norwich and District Goat Club was volunteering at a goat pen at the Fling.
She said: “It’s a big event for us, and very important in the goat calender.
“It’s such a good event for children and we’re hoping for some potential future goat-keepers.”