All roads certainly did lead thousands of people, their families and their dogs to Pymoor and to enjoy the best day out in the region. Many were early so as not to miss the start.
On Saturday 4th July holding of the annual Pymoor Agricultural and Country Show took over Pymoor, which is 5 miles from Ely on the B1411.
There was so much to see and participate in at the 11th holding of the Pymoor Show and many were there soon after the gates opened at 10am to get a place around the main arena from which to watch the activities and events and stayed right up until the show closed at 6pm. The events included David Seamark the shepherd and his 5 sheep dogs, sheep and geese, Brookfields Shire Horses working to music, gun dogs, Granta Harriers, country dancing and a traditional vintage vehicle parade.
Owners and their pet dogs went flat out in the Dog Scurry a 40m dash with straw bale jumps run against the clock, the Dog Agility Challenge, which is a series of tests such as running through tunnels, crossing a see saw and jumping over different obstacles. Members of Growlies Dog Club were on hand to advise guide and help. After all the dashing around, both pets and owners rested and had a wash and brush up to be ready for the Family Pet Dog Show.
The two most popular activities for the children were undoubtedly Abra John with Punch and Judy, a magic show and his flea circus and the livestock area with cows, calves, goats, lambs, piglets, alpacas, ponies and chickens to get up close to.
The Best Trade Stands Competition was judged by Mr Brian Hobbs, Chairman of the Ely NFU assisted by Mr Jonathon Bridgeland of the NFU. The Ron Fleet Cup for the Best â€œAgriculturalâ€ Trade Stand was won by E. Palmer & Son for a display showing 75 years of Ford and Fordson Tractors. The Shield for the Best â€œNon-Agricultureâ€ Trade Stand went to Luavic Potts Furniture Restorations. The presentations were made by Mr Fred Brown the Leader of the Council.
Due to the fantastic weather there were long queues at the ice cream van and the beer tent all Show long. When it became time to think about feeding the family the wide selection of food included a hog roast, venison, fish & chips and hot dogs etc. Also very popular, as always, were the traditional sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee provided by the ladies of the Pymoor Cricket and Social Club.
Spokesman John Pinnells said â€œThis yearâ€™s Show, which was held under a cloudless blue sky was crammed full of activities, demonstrations and fun for every one from 8 to 80 to enjoy and enjoy it they certainly did.â€
BBC Local Radio presenter Sue Marchant was the host for the day and as always gave a tremendous performance.
If you want trade stand details or would like to sponsor the 2010 Show please contact John on 01353 699606 or Steve & Julie on 01353 698569