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Rutland County Show celebrates 190th year with record number of visitors





More than 13,000 visitors attended a traditional agricultural show which celebrated its 190th year.

The Rutland County Show proved its popularity yesterday (Sunday, June 2) as animal owners and spectators flocked from far and wide to attend.

The annual celebration of rural living, which is held at Rutland Showground, has been taking place since 1834.

Rutland County Show had record numbers. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Rutland County Show had record numbers. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Sophie Howsam, show manager, said: “It was a very successful day with 13,000 people attending.

“The brilliant thing about the Rutland County Show is that it is all about community - that’s why we put it on.”

Visitors were kept entertained with livestock and equine showing classes, and a sheep show.

Thousands of people attended the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Thousands of people attended the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes

It wasn’t just the number of visitors which broke records but also the amount of animals entered into classes was higher than ever before. This included 500 light horses, 495 sheep and 100 cattle.

There was live music throughout the day which people could enjoy while indulging in food and drink, and vintage farm machinery, giant tortoises, craft demonstrations, climbing and archery.

The fundraising group For Rutland, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, also held a bottle tombola.

People were able to get a glimpse at the emergency services in the blue light zone with displays from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, Leicestershire Police, the community safety team, East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme and the Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes.

Vale of Belvoir machine group at the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Vale of Belvoir machine group at the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Sophie said: “The show only exists because of the volunteers.

“This year we had 150 people volunteering on the day, some who have taken on big roles. We couldn’t do it without them.”

An after-show party was added to the line up to celebrate the show’s 190th anniversary.

The event was a hit with all ages. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The event was a hit with all ages. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Our photographer Chris Lowndes captured some of the fun on the day. To order his photos, click here.

There was plenty of entertainment. Photo: Chris Lowndes
There was plenty of entertainment. Photo: Chris Lowndes
There was plenty of entertainment. Photo: Chris Lowndes
There was plenty of entertainment. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The queue to enter the Rutland Showground. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The queue to enter the Rutland Showground. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The Rutland County Show has celebrated its 190th year. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The Rutland County Show has celebrated its 190th year. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Crowds gathered to watch the show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Crowds gathered to watch the show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jamie Grant from Oakham with a Ford 4000. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Jamie Grant from Oakham with a Ford 4000. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Rutland County Show had record numbers. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Rutland County Show had record numbers. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Visitors soaked up the sun. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Visitors soaked up the sun. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The Rutland County Show.. Photo: Chris Lowndes
The Rutland County Show.. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Young competitors. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Young competitors. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Some competitors travelled hours to attend. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Some competitors travelled hours to attend. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Fiona Cox from Wing with Max the Highland bull who was breed champion. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Fiona Cox from Wing with Max the Highland bull who was breed champion. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Alex Wilby with flowers from Burghley. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Alex Wilby with flowers from Burghley. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Thousands of people attended. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Thousands of people attended. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Competition was high. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Competition was high. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Stewart Barnes' sheep show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Stewart Barnes' sheep show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Charlie and Harry with mum Georgina from Rutland. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Charlie and Harry with mum Georgina from Rutland. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Daring tricks from Bolddog FMX. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Daring tricks from Bolddog FMX. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Bolddog FMX at the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Bolddog FMX at the Rutland County Show. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Judging takes place at Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Judging takes place at Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
The sheep show was popular. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
The sheep show was popular. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead
Rutland County Show. Photo: Creative Eye-Photography by Gerry Weatherhead

Did you attend? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.




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