It really was a great day!
From the very start, the sun shone, the visitors were flocking in from opening time, the free bus services were overwhelmed and everything was set for a fantastic day.
Entries in the livestock sections were all above expectations; the trade stand area was fully booked with over 500 exhibitors, with a full day of entertainment in four rings.
The 2013 Show was probably one of the best ever, the near record number of visitors had so much to see, from the amazing stunts of the Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Stunt Team, the high flying birds of prey, to the steady plod of the heavy horse turnouts with their gleaming brass and that was just some of what happened in just one ring!
The NFU Roadshow with Johnny Ball, the tremendous array of entries in the Horticultural & Home-handicraft marquee, the marquees full of craft and gift stalls, the Food Hall and Farmers Market with so much fresh and tasty food, there was so much packed into one showfield to ensure that visitors were well entertained.
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 20th. August 2014