DENBIGH & FLINT: It's been another great show!


Shane Brennan and Shaun Davies

THE rain held off as thousands descended on the Denbigh and Flint showground at Denbigh Green today.

As well as the agricultural competitions, the entertainment on show was wide and varied, to amuse the young and the young-at-heart.

Organisers anticipated upwards of 12,000 attended the show and among the positive comments on the day, former Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP said: "It's a great show, busier than ever.

"Everyone here is really enjoying themselves.

"I have just been to see the tractor parade and it was fantastic entertainment, as ever."

Mr Jones moved on as he was interrupted by the land train, which ferried children of all ages all around the showground.

Jason Smyth and The Adrenaline quadbike tour thrilled a huge crowd in the afternoon in the main arena.

Whilst talking to the audience, Smyth jumped 75 feet-plus from a ramp on to a lorry, including many tricks in the routine.

He even leapt high into the air to grab a T-shirt for one lucky youngster.

Further entertainment was provided by the Clwyd Axemen, who put on a demonstration of woodcraft with their chainsaws to excite the crowds.

Lumbercraft skills were of the highest order, creating stools out of tree trunks.

At the food hall, there were many rural businesses represented from North East Wales and around the country.

Tomi Jones, of Jones' Butchers in Llangollen, said: "It's been a great day.

"We've won the best display here in the food hall.

"It's been very busy here soi far and we've sold a lot.

"We've done some very good business and we will definitely do it again."

Competition was fierce in the agricultural section.

Jim Hollingsworth judging the beef competition described it as a "serious competition to judge today".

The beef competition was won by a commercial limousin and the reserve was a beautiful Welsh black, which displayed great calm in the ring.

The commercial limousin went on to the champion of champions cattle section where it took on the Ayrshire which had earlier won the dairy section.

Judging the first ever champion of champions section ever in the Denbigh and Flint, Richard Pilkington said: "It's a great class to bring together the very best of beef and dairy.

"It's a very hard task to judge this. We have an exceptional commercial beef and a pure Ayrshire dairy."

Mr Pilkington went on to tap the Ayrshire as the inaugural champion of champions.

Meanwhile, the sheep champion at the show was a charolais shown by Ifan Hughes, of Pontllyfni, while a Lleyn from John Hamer, Oswestry was the reserve champion.

The sheep championship boasted entries from as far afield as the Wirral and Neath.

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