BIGGER crowds than average headed for the first day of the Bakewell Show yesterday attracted by the hot weather and free admission for children under the age of 16.
The event usually records an attendance of 60,000 over the two days, but is heavily dependant on the weather.
Large numbers of children – with their parents – were conspicuous at the showground, which is hosting its 181st show.
One of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK, it has evolved from displays of livestock to offer a wide range of craft and food stalls and family entertainment.
At the same time, one of the highlights remains the Grand Parade, the traditional procession of all the livestock and heavy horse winners into the centre ring to collect their trophies.
Some things do change, though.
For the last 43 years, the show team has worked out of a ‘temporary’ rickety wooden hut in a corner of the showground.
A new show office is due to be built in time for the 2012 show.
This year’s gate prices are £13 for adults, £11 for senior citizens and free for accompanied children under 16.