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It was smiles all round at the 180th Hadleigh Show – as fans of country life from across the region gathered for a day of fun in the sun.
The Hadleigh Show returned for another fun-filled day on Saturday, May 18, with thousands flocking to the ancient Suffolk town to celebrate all aspects of country living.
Gates opened at 8am at Holbecks Park, in Hadleigh, where an estimated 14,000 people were treated to a host of displays featuring cattle, sheep, goats and, of course, the famous Suffolk Punch.
Alongside the traditional livestock rings, the show offered a range of family entertainment - from have-a-go archery, to a funfair, art exhibition, cookery demonstrations and treasure hunt.
The popular grand parade took place at 3pm, while young farmers tried their hand at a tug of war later on in the afternoon.
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Once all the animals had enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, prizes were awarded for the best cattle, sheep and goats.
Oliver Pratt, director of this year's show, said it was a "great day" all round.
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"It got off to a great start - the weather was a bit cloudy but ended up better than forecast," he said.
"We have a fantastic setting. It was a great day - it's such a big team effort."
Mr Pratt said highlights included meeting the Suffolk horses, who are "always fantastic to look at", and the monster truck display - featuring the massive machines jumping 15ft high over cars.
Visitors were also treated to a display from an impressive Apache helicopter - a first for the Hadleigh Show.
Mr Pratt added that the team were pleased to see their new vehicular access route was a success, with the newly-built road helping to ease congestion throughout the day.