Sun sets on another Mid-Somerset Show
It was sunshine, showers, cider and The Wurzels in Shepton Mallet today (Sunday) as the Mid-Somerset Show rolled back into town.
Despite dire weather forecasts, the event had only a few showers to contend with as crowds of people made the most of the spectacle.
There was something for everyone this year, as crafts nestled alongside cheeses, cadets, livestock, dog shows, live music and stands, celebrating the best of mid Somerset.
Hedge-layers, blacksmiths and wood carvers showed off their skills to admiring audiences, while signs for traditional farmhouse cider battled for supremacy.
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And there was just as much competition in the marquees where cider, cheeses, flowers, craft, cakes, honey, vegetables and a myriad of other local produce battled it out for supremacy and the judges favour.
Youngsters were well catered for with fairground rides, workshops, a climbing wall, a flight simulator and animals ranging from tiny pigs and chicks to huge bulls and sheep with horns straight out of a bad horror movie.
There was live music, Morris Dancers, majorettes, show jumping, ferret racing and dog display teams to keep the crowds entertained.
Sadly, the falconry display didn't go quite as planned.
"A bad day at the office," Alan Gates from Mere Down Falconry explained to the crowds.
"Both my falcons are still out there somewhere, having a whale of a time."
And what better way to end a celebration of all things Somerset than with a headline performance by The Wurzels? They rattled through songs which have made them legends in the West Country - The Blackbird, I am a cider drinker, Good ol' Somerset and, of course, The Shepton Mallet Matador.
They ended on Somerset's unofficial national anthem Drink up thy Zider, rounding off the 2013 Mid-Somerset Show in glorious sunshine and smiles.
What better way to spend a Sunday?