A fantastic day!
The English weather makes or breaks any outdoor event and the 2014 Show was blessed with the most perfect weather, which in turn attracted a huge crowd. The free bus service proved to be well worthwhile with almost every vehicle being full.
The trade stand areas were fully booked with over 520 exhibitors of which over 100 were suppliers to the agricultural industry. The Harts of Stur Food Hall was enlarged to accommodate over 60 stands plus the Homemaker Cookery Theatre.
Entries in all of the livestock sections were well up to expectations although cattle numbers were down on last year mainly due to the TB test regime. The largest section of the show, housed in the Horticultural Pavilion, with 180 classes from carrots to cheese straws, patchwork to photographs, once again the exhibitors excelled with a fantastic array of entries demonstrating the skill and hard work that goes into people hobbies.
Among the attractions were the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team from Blandford Camp, Shetland Pony racing, birds of prey & ferret racing. There was music from the Cornish Wurzels, Neon Moon and the Gillingham Imperial Silver Band. The NFU Roadshow with Johnny Ball was a great hit as part of the NFU’s educational programme, other attractions for the younger visitor included the Circus Wizz school and the Racing Bug scale track racing, supported by MG cars. With so much packed into one showfield on such a beautiful day it was so rewarding to see visitors leaving looking so happy and carry so much shopping.
For the rest of the days photos head to the Gallery here
Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show – A thank you from the organiser
What a difference a year makes, no rain, no mud, glorious dawn to dusk sunshine, thousands of smiling faces and hundreds of happy exhibitors. After months of hard work by a small team of volunteers the Showground and car park fields had been restored to their former glory, ready for another Show. And what a Show!!!!
On behalf of the organising committee I would like to express our most grateful thanks to all the exhibitors, traders, sponsors, stewards and visitors who together made this one of our most successful Shows. We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful people who give their time to help organise and run the Show. There is a dedicated gang who are on hand all the year round to maintain and improve the ground and what a wonderful job they have done to restore the fields.
There is a much larger team who turn out in the weeks preceding and immediately after the Show, to set up all the rings and animal penning, mark out the 500 plus trade stand sites, put up all the signs, set out the tables and display boards and all the one hundred and one jobs that need to be done to make the show tick. Then with many others they steward on show day, there are about 250 needed to ensure the classes, traffic and displays all run smoothly and afterwards there are three days of intensive clearing up, packing away and the final litter pick all done by willing volunteers.
We are also very grateful for all the help that we receive from local groups, carnival clubs, Scouts, Rotary & Lions Clubs and the many companies and individuals who help or provide us with equipment
Thank you all so very much and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday 19th. August 2015