THE sun came out for the Denbigh and Flint Show - at least until late afternoon.
Showers may have moved in by tea time at last week’s agricultural extravaganza, but the weather was still fine for the main attraction at 1pm - the Royal Signals White Helmets motorcycle team.
Captain Alex McPhun told the crowds the dare-devil cyclists were full time soldiers - IT, radio and satellite experts - but also toured around from April to September “riding motorcycles backwards”.
The tradition started 86 years ago when the Royal Signals dispatch riders started “messing around”, he said.
The team performed everything from basic one-man stunts to a full-crew “fan” of 21 riders.
First year White Helmet Sig Simon Sumpter said the show was about their 35th of the year.
“We’re definitely getting better and leading up to Earl’s Court in December - hopefully by then we’ll be a well oiled machine,” he said.
There were also parades and displays of vintage cars, tractors and, this year, Land Rovers, marking the iconic 4x4’s 65th anniversary.
In the horticulture tent were prize winning vegetables, along with flowers and bee-keeping displays.
Day show-jumping secretary Sian Bartley-Forsyth said “Entries are good, especially in the Clifford Jones Timber power and speed, and the area trials in the main arena.”
Sheep farmer Geraint Roberts of Pengwern Farm, Henllan, said: “This is our county show, really. It’s tremendous, it’s a good show today.
“It’s important to keep the show because its like a shop window for us, we can advertise the breed.”
Carl Owen, show ground manager said: “The crowds seem to be coming in, the main ring is absolutely packed and on the roads people are queueing to come in.”
Philip Eyton Jones, honorary show ground director said: “It’s been excellent, we’ve had an extremely good build up to the show, we’ve been at it for the last month.
“Everyone has pulled together to make sure everything was completed on time, giving us a clear run for the show.
“The weather has favoured us this year.
“There have been tremendous entries in all the categories, the trade stands nearly all sold out and we welcomed back lots of displayers.”
The food hall had been reorganised and a food court set up with cookery displays from Michelin Star chef Bryan Webb, as well as brass music from the Holywell Band.
But, he said this year there had been new challenges.
Because of new water regulations 67 taps on the site had to be changed, and the water “super chlorinated”, which had meant more money and time to get everything ready.
Show-goers may have noticed signs and repeated warnings for people to wash their hands after petting or feeding cattle, sheep and goats - and for pregnant women to avoid touching them at all.
“Gels and wipes are not good enough any more,” he said, and new hand-wash troughs and basins had been installed to meet new environmental health and safety guidelines.
“We’ve had very good help from various agencies to help us comply, but perhaps at the expense of the society,” he said.
“I’d like to pay tribute to Carl Owen and his team and all the members who have put so much time and effort in.”
Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils meanwhile had won first place for a non-trade stand for the fifth year running.
This year the focus was on health, fitness and play, with the stand flanked by a BMX bike run on one side and a den-building and pond-dipping area for kids on the other.
Inside visitors could have their BMI and bloodpressure checked or play Boccia, a paralympic indoor bowling sport for people of any physical ability.
Show-goers were also handing in piles of questionnaires about their own childhood experiences of play for the North East Wales play project.
Project manager Gareth Stacey said: “We want to make a sustainable legacy for play and enable children to have the time and opportunity to play out in their community.
“Today has been really good, everyone’s got memories, everyone has played as a child so the purpose is to remember you were playing in cardboard boxes, playing outside, maybe getting ‘up to know good’ when you were a child.
“The overwhelming feedback is that nothing has changed - kids are still trying to do that in spite of the barriers,” he said.