“Best one day show in the country”, “brilliant” and “looking forward to next year” are some of the comments shared by visitors to the 110th Newport Show.
Showcasing the region’s best in agriculture, entertainment and food, the event on Saturday 13 July has been deemed a resounding success by both visitors and organisers.
An estimated 14,000 people flocked to Chetwynd Deer Park for the highly-anticipated annual event which featured a flypast by a Lancaster Bomber, a jaw-dropping display in the main ring by the Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross team and a festival atmosphere with crowds enjoying live music from local bands in the early evening.
Feedback provided via social media since the show includes: “Another brilliant show”; “Love Newport Show”; “Fab show”; “Had a fantastic day. Looking forward to next year” and “very organised and thoroughly enjoyable, a big thankyou to all involved”.
Another visitor described the event as: “The best one day show in the country! Something for everyone. Friendly stewards, good food stalls, interesting shopping, simply a great day out.”
Sally Western, show manager, said the show went fantastically well and the comments meant a lot to the Newport Show team.
“It’s wonderful that around 14,000 people joined with us on the 13th and that so many people have already shared such lovely comments. It was a great day and we’re humbled that people have taken the time to tell us just how much they enjoyed it. We really appreciate everyone’s kind words,” she said.
Show attractions also included cookery displays by top chefs and the new Harper Adams Innovation Zone, which showcased the future of farming with artificial intelligence and robotics, and proved popular with people of all ages.
Visitors enjoyed entertainment from the Mountain Bike Aerial Display (M.A.D.) team and Joseph’s Amazing Camels, as well as taking a look around the trade stands, the Festival of Food, the vintage vehicle and machinery displays, the antique and country living marquee, and the handicraft and horticulture competitions.
The competitions included more than 150 cattle, more than 400 sheep and 350 horse entries – with qualifying events for both the Horse of the Year Show and Crufts and the high number of entries delighting organisers.
Sally added: “Our sponsors have shown tremendous support for this year’s show and the Newport community and surrounding areas really got behind us.
“We were very fortunate with the weather and the main ring attractions including the racing camels and motorbikes went down very well.
“The family festival feel we aimed to achieve this year was very much enjoyed by all with street food and live music throughout the day before the bands on the main stage at 5pm.
“There were large crowds buzzing around the stage for the live music and it seems a lot of people came for the later part of the day just to see our headline acts.
“We’re so pleased that our 110th show was a hit.”
She said they had already got their thinking caps on for next year, and were keen to gain more feedback to make further improvements for 2020, including sharing a survey this month.
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