Families and volunteers sing the praises of Spring Fling
- Credit: Sophie Smith
Thousands of families and volunteers flocked to the 19th annual Spring Fling today, held by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association at Norfolk Showground.
This is what a few of them had to say.
John Gardner with children Hope, nine, Isla, five, and Oliver, seven, said: 'It's good fun. Hope likes the food, Oliver liked the goats. They got on well with the pigs.'
Even Coward aged 11 said: 'I've enjoyed the dog shows and seeing the animals in Mr Mawkin's Farm, and making flowers and a blobster!'
His sister Ebony, eight, said: I liked the animals and thought the tractors were really good.'
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Hayley Robinson with daughters Bree, seven, and Kyla, four, said: 'We went to the ambulance and learnt about CPR. We are now trying to get to as many stalls as possible!'
Seven-year-old Iris Farman-Walker said: 'I really like the horses. It's the first time I've seen a horse that big.'
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Parents Simon and Jill Bunting said: 'It's a shame about the weather, but it's definitely a good experience, the kids have enjoyed the tractors. A lot of friends said how good it is.'
Marc Williamson with Jenna and Dan Doughtie aged 13 and 14 said: 'We are enjoying it today, apart from the weather.
'We've just been to see the working dogs and the Labradors.'
Volunteer steward David Reeder said: 'It's just nice to see the children get involved in farms. It's brilliant there are so many activities for them to do. Well worth the money I think.'
Ten-year-old Amber Mycroft 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.'
Some families were at the show not only to enjoy the animals and machines, but also to support volunteering relatives.
Clare Ladbrooke, with daughter Chloe, nine and son Archie, three, said: 'We love the Spring Fling and Archie loves the tractors.
Our favourite thing is watching the kid's uncle [Stephen Britten, Hainford farrier] making horse shoes.'
Billy Smith, four, son of Christophe's Crepe's Christophe, said of the Spring Fling: 'It's amazing! My favourite thing today is eating daddy's crepes!'