Rain fails to dampen spirits at the Countess of Warwick’s Country Show

PUBLISHED: 08:34 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 30 August 2018

The Audley End horses go ahead with their display despite the rain. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Audley End horses go ahead with their display despite the rain. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Thousands descended upon Little Easton for the 29th Countess of Warwick’s Country Show over the bank holiday weekend.

Jerry & Max Benjamin shelter from the rain on their potato food stall. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYJerry & Max Benjamin shelter from the rain on their potato food stall. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Although the rain kept all but the most enthusiastic visitors away on Sunday, organisers estimate between 6 and 7,000 attended the show on Monday, which fundraises for local churches.

This year 60 children, the highest number yet, took part in egg and spoon races and visitors could also see classic cars, equestrian events and a ploughing match.

Tim Turner, who has been organising the show for 18 years, said: “People have come up to us with some very nice comments. They like the traditional aspect like the horticultural marquee and the competition for children to build an animal from vegetables.”

Tim’s highlight of the show was seeing the Comtois horses, which have a distinctive blonde mane and tail.

Elsie-May Arnott 5, handles a chick. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYElsie-May Arnott 5, handles a chick. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

The team which organises the show now have four weeks before they start organising next year’s event.

Emily Arnott 6, cuddles a guinea pig. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYEmily Arnott 6, cuddles a guinea pig. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Elsie-May Curran 5, cuddles a guinea pig. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYElsie-May Curran 5, cuddles a guinea pig. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

A rare breed Oxford sandy & black pig from Deersbrook Farm with her piglets. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYA rare breed Oxford sandy & black pig from Deersbrook Farm with her piglets. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Keeping the furrows straight in the ploughing match. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYKeeping the furrows straight in the ploughing match. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Alfie aged 10, sits with a sow and her 8 piglets. The rare breed Oxford sandy & black pig from Deersbrook Farm was a great draw in the dry of the livestock marquee.Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYAlfie aged 10, sits with a sow and her 8 piglets. The rare breed Oxford sandy & black pig from Deersbrook Farm was a great draw in the dry of the livestock marquee.Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Audley End horses. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYThe Audley End horses. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Smiles all round after the display by the Audley End horses.Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYSmiles all round after the display by the Audley End horses.Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Audley End horses go ahead with their display despite the rain. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHYThe Audley End horses go ahead with their display despite the rain. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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