Well, what a day that was. A year in the planning and it’s all over for another 12 months. We were blessed with wonderful weather in the lead up to the show and on the day and that really helped to bring a bumper crowd to the Deer Park for the 109th event.
There were so many highlights of the day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the main ring so packed with people watching the JCB Dancing Diggers. Their performance was enthralling for people of all ages and so impressive to watch.
The vintage machinery parade was a sight to behold as well. It was great to see all those lovingly restored machines still looking as good as new.
There were top class entries to the livestock classes once again, setting a high bar across all the classes. It’s a real honour to have winners from our show going on to compete at a national level at Crufts and the Horse of the Year Show – it gives you an idea how well regarded the show is in those circles.
The Festival of Food demonstrations were fun and informative and I certainly picked up a few tips! And the late afternoon bands proved popular with many people setting up camp in the main ring to enjoy the music and the last few hours of sunshine.
I also managed not to disgrace myself in the Great Potato Challenge, actually weighing in with the prize-winning crop of 6.1kg. I’ve certainly thrown down the gauntlet to future presidents but I’m not sharing my potato growing secrets with anyone.
Overall, the best part of the day was seeing so many people having a great time – it makes all the work in the months between shows so worthwhile.
But we’re not resting on our laurels. The show committee and team are already working on plans for 2019 and we’ll be putting together another fabulous line up for next year.
As I prepare to hand over the reins to my successor, I can say it’s been a real privilege to lead the show for a year. It’s an integral part of the Newport and agricultural communities and one of which I am very proud to be a part of.
Next year’s Newport Show takes place at the Chetwynd Deer Park on July 13, 2019. Advance tickets and membership packages offering discounts on the gate price are available at www.newportshow.co.uk. To keep up to date with show news, like the Newport Show Facebook page or follow it on Twitter @NewportShow.