Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Country Fun

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The Isle of Wight Royal County Show was back last weekend for the first time since 2019, celebrating its 121st year.

Held at the County Showground in Northwood, this year proved to be bigger and better than ever after two years of absence. It was also the first year since 2009 that the show has been held over a two-day period instead of just one.

There were activities and events throughout the day for everyone to enjoy, children and adults alike.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron headlined the event, performing their drill display in the main ring multiple times over the weekend.

Also in the main ring were falconry displays, a vintage tractor display, the big bale challenge and lots more entertainment.

There were many opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals in the show farm area, including the chance to watch the cows being milked.

The Adams Axemen, the country’s best lumberjack display team, performed in the Woodland Area.

Isle of Wight Young Farmers hosted a range of family fun activities to get involved in, such as wellie wanging, a miniature tractor course, as well as other games in the activities area.

Dogs were welcomed into the event and even had their own dog show where owners could enter their pets into competitions to win.

Other areas at the show included: the food pavilion, to sample best of local produce; the tourism pavilion, hosted by Visit Isle of Wight; the Maker’s Market with homeware, skincare, candles and jewellery stalls; Island arts area where you could meet local artists and try your hand at a range of arts and crafts; the equine area with show jumping, IW Pony Club Games and horse showing; and the livestock area saw sheep and cattle judged from Best in Class to Supreme Champions.

A range of stalls were also set up from small businesses to larger companies, to showcase and sell their products and services to the happy crowds.

The weekend was a great success with people thoroughly enjoying themselves across the two-day event.


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