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Manifold Show in Ilam near Ashbourne enjoys another bumper day

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Two terriers enjoy the surroundings of the Manifold Show with their owner.

  • Competitors take part in the slow tractor race.

  • The crowds are entertained by one of the main ring attractions.

  • Pictured at the show are l-r Alfie Hartley (age 11), Holly Hartley (age 11) who was second in the Private Driving - Horse and Cart section) and Jessica Hartley (age 9) from Leek

  • Part of the large crowd take a break during the afternoon activities.

  • Elliott Gould of Warslow, who won the under-11 competition in the handicraft section.

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THOUSANDS of people again flocked to the Manifold Agricultural Show on Saturday – which organisers said could turn out to be a third successive record breaking year.

It was again held at one of the most stunning locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands at Castern Hall grounds, between the villages of Ilam and Alstonefield.

Glorious weather welcomed around 6,000 visitors to the showground for the 35th show, which saw the car park and trade stand spaces packed to capacity, while catering and ice cream vendors enjoyed a roaring trade. Attractions included a puissance, a slow tractor race and a dog and duck display.

Chairman of the show committee Bruce Daniels said: "The cattle entry has been excellent and we have had more than 80 trade stands. It is also very encouraging to see them busy.

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"I think people like the show because it is also a social occasion as they meet people they have not seen for a while."

Secretary of the organising committee Mark Simcock said: "We have had a very successful day and the weather has been good for us.

"The number of visitors is brilliant and we are also very pleased with the entries in the livestock and shire horse sections.

"We seem to be doing something right.

"It is a traditional show and it brings people from the towns and countryside together."

Treasurer Jason Hails added: "There has been a large crowd which has resulted in a brilliant day.

"The weather has been perfect and people do seem to enjoy the show, which could well be another record breaker."

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