THOUSANDS of people braved wet bank holiday Monday weather to venture to the Great Harwood Agricultural Show.

Despite trooping over sodden grass and through muddy puddles, people from across the North West attended the event held on the New Showground on Harwood Lane.

Attractions and activities throughout the day included traditional cattle, sheep horse competitions, as well as dog agility races, birds of prey displays and a pig race.

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There was a vintage vehicle display with scores of tractors, cars and other vehicles.

Children’s games were also held in the Geoffrey Hanson Main Arena, including welly throwing, an egg and spoon race and sack race.

Janet Harrison, 45, from the Ribble Valley, said she was a regular at the show.

She said: “I love coming here and seeing all the amazing animals and displays. I just wish the rain had held off as it did put a dampener on the day a little.

“However everyone came together and put on a great day.

“I like the birds of prey display and the sheep, they’re all brilliant.”

Other attractions at the 152nd show included a miniature railway, donkey rides and face painting.

Competitions for other farm animals were held, including poultry, egg, pygmy goat and rabbit categories.

Mike Hartington, 33, who came with his sons Alex, seven and Joey, five, said: “It’s a great show because it allows children to get up close with farm animals and see where food comes from. The lads loved seeing the cows and the sheep.”

There were 20 stalls filled with craft items, handmade goods and food from across the north west, proudly showcasing what the region’s farmers can provide.

Stalls also brought food from across the world including savoury and sweet from Asia to the West Indies, taking in China, Germany, Italy, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, and Poland.

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There were traditional breakfasts, bacon butties, black peas, black puddings, chips, curries, samosas, filled baked potatoes and hog roasts, as well as more left-field ostrich, bison, kangaroo or camel t-cakes.

Children’s entertainment included a Punch and Judy show as well as Daisy and Buttercup the talking cows.

Despite temperatures not reaching a sizzling 26 degrees like last year, the event was still seen as a roaring success by its visitors.