09 August 2011
Aldborough Agricultural Show (24 July 2011)
After a couple of weeks away, we return home to glorious weather; blue skies and really hot. Normally, we are still away this weekend, so we generally miss the local show - the Aldborough and Boroughbridge Agricultural Show - which is gentle like the North Yorkshire Show and without the crowds and hurly burly of the Great Yorkshire Show. It is held in fields between Langthorne and Newby Hall. It is a gentle rural affair, full of that classic English charm of craft and bakery competitions in the main tent, and the serious stuff of horse competitions and the fun of cattle, sheep and dog shows. Then, there are the cake stands, beer stands, hog roast, WI tea rooms and bouncy castles for the children. We went for 1 hour and returned 4 hours later, having met lots of friends and generally had a good time.
My favourite things were the shire horses, the parades of cattle and vintage tractors, all so lovingly kept chugging along. Here are some pictures that tell the day much better than words can describe: