Record crowd at family day out

MAIN ATTRACTION: Horses and hounds put on a show in the main show ring.
MAIN ATTRACTION: Horses and hounds put on a show in the main show ring.

Crowds swarmed to Holbeck’s Park to visit Hadleigh Show on Saturday – making it a very successful day out, according to organisers.

The one-day agricultural show attracted a crowd on a par with last year’s record number of 12,500 visitors.

Show secretary Janie Barbiaux, from Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association, said she had received nothing but compliments this year.

The focus on families, with a land train touring the show, a petting animal enclosure and hassle-free car parking and access were all praised by visitors.

“I’ve had a number of emails and, so far, it’s all been positive,” said Mrs Barbiaux.

“This year, we decided to put more of our people helping in the car park, and we directed visitors coming from the Sudbury side of Hadleigh away from the town and into the park on a different route.

“All these things seemed to help with access and exiting, and made it run very smoothly,” she added.

“The land train was seriously popular and it was used by people of all ages, particularly elderly people who appreciated being able to get around the showground more easily on it.”

Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in the country and has been running for 174 years.

This year, it included 150 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses, as well as 120 trade stands, art and craft exhibitions, sheep shearing, a fun fair and a food tent which was a third larger than usual.

Mrs Barbiaux added: “The bigger food tent went down very well – there was more room to move around and it was very popular. With the weather holding out as it did, all in all this year we had a very good show.”

n For the full results of the show, see next week’s Free Press.