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thousands of fun-seekers flocked to enjoy a “carnival atmosphere” at the annual Epworth and District Agricultural Show.

The rain threatened to dampen the fun and games at the Carrside showground on Monday but it stayed mostly dry with about 4,000 visitors admiring the fun, games and displays.

Olivia Vergette, 11, of Belton plays hook-a-duck at Epworth Show. Picture: Andrew Roe

Olivia Vergette, 11, of Belton plays hook-a-duck at Epworth Show. Picture: Andrew Roe

As well as the traditional showjumping and displays of prized cattle, shirehorses, goats and sheep, there were also offerings of a more unusual kind including the Bernese Carter Dogs.

The main show ring was a hive of activity all day with performances from the Lincs Majorettes and the Misson-based Vale of York Polo Club.

But it was Titan The Robot that stole the show with crowds flocking to get a glimpse of him as he made special appearances throughout the day.

Show chairman David Hayes was thrilled at the success of the 66th Epworth Show, calling in another “great” effort thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.

He said: “It was a really good show. The weather’s been a bit iffy but it’s not been raining too much and everyone seems to have been enjoying themselves.”

Live music also played all day at the festival’s beer tent with a range of locally-brewed ales on offer, including from the Axholme Brewing Company and there was also a range of stalls as well as the horticultural show, a dog show, ferret racing and displays from charities, community groups and the emergency services.

One of the many children enjoying a fairground ride was brave cancer fighter Alexander Strong, who members of the Epworth community are currently supporting as his parents try to raise about £90,000 in case he needs treatment abroad.

His mum Maxine Strong, 45, of Burnham Road, Epworth, said: “The support for Alexander from the community has been absolutely amazing. We are anxious as we’re waiting for some results this week but we’re crossing our fingers and we’ve really enjoyed spending the afternoon at the Show.”

Lisa Wilkinson visited the showground with daughters Nadine, nine, Cerys, 11, and six-year-old Rohan. She said: “It’s been a really good day. The kids have loved entering their baking, painting and handwriting into the competition.”

Show committee life member Stan Boor MBE, 85, has been involved with organising the event since 1975. He said: “The show is more popular than ever. Before it was an agricultural show and now it’s an event with a real family and carnival atmosphere.”

Plans are already in the pipeline for next year’s show with organisers considering asking Titan The Robot to return and also a possible daredevil stunt show performance.