UMBRELLAS, raincoats and wellington boots were the order of the day at a damp Bingley Show.
Glorious weather in the days before the 133rd show was washed away by a stream of showers that lasted most of the day at Myrtle Park.
Many people still visited the show on Saturday, enjoying a variety of attractions, but David Pulman, spokesman for show organiser Airedale Agricultural Society, said numbers were lower than expected.
“The numbers are way down due to the weather,” said Mr Pulman. “It had a serious effect because it was heavy early morning and just kept raining.
“It is quite a tragedy because it has been nice recently. It would have been a passable day yesterday and it has been pretty dry over the past few weeks.
“You cannot really expect people to come out, although I thought there would be more than there was because it was still warm.”
Some attractions were cancelled because of the wet weather including a fly-past by a classic RAF Dakota transport plane and a classic car parade but a motorcycle stunt show went ahead.
The bottom of the park was a popular spot as crowds enjoyed showjumping, competitions for sheep, cattle, goats and pygmy goats, music from the City of Bradford Brass Band, a flight simulator, dog show, and displays from giant Shire horses. Horticulture was represented with a huge tent devoted to local green-fingered hard work with flowers, fruit and vegetables all coming under the judges’ scrutiny.
Traditional arts and crafts were well represented, with one display featuring a bicycle wrapped in colourful wool by Bradford Grammar School’s Stitch Club.
Trade and exhibition stands and stalls, from car giants, football games and theatre groups to food, clothes, furniture and window sales, provided a rich variety for the crowds.
Sheridan the robotic sheepdog cycled round the park to amusement and some bemusement, while youngsters enjoyed two army tanks parked up near the fairground rides.
One elderly gentleman almost got caught up in the show’s fell race when he took a wrong turn, but was rescued at the last second by an alert steward. The race featured 48 runners and one dog.
Mr Pulman said the show would go on despite this year’s setback, adding: “It was better than two years ago when we had to cancel it. When that happened it was a tragedy.
“We will lose money again, no doubt, but not on the same scale - the show is not in jeopardy. It will not affect us in that way - it is just very, very disappointing.
“Anyone attached to it knows how much work goes into it. It is nearly all volunteers. There is no denying the weather spoiled it but, on the other hand, the show will go on.”