As the temperature soared into the low 30s thousands of people made their way to Northwood to enjoy a showcase of the very best that the Island has to offer, from local food to livestock, crafts to rural living.
The show always gives Islanders and visitors the chance to dive deeper into the way of rural life on the Isle of Wight and this year was no different. Award-winning pigs, sheep, cattle and poultry were on display alongside agricultural machinery of all sizes, from small tractors to lorries. Children – many of whom will not have experienced anything similar before – were able to get up close and personal with the farmyard animals.
Adults gave their taste buds a treat with fabulous local produce from the likes of the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm, Godshill Cherries and Bunbury Bees. The food pavilion was certainly the place to be for producers and food lovers alike. The WI Tea Tent proved popular as always.
The High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight, Gioia Minghella-Giddens, showed her support the event alongside Lord-Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White KCVO CB CBE JP.
There was plenty to see in the main arena including a falconry display, gun dogs and even a demonstration from the Wightlink Warriors speedway team. Not forgetting all the fun of the hale bale roll, this year with the added element of water pistols in the blisteringly hot heat.
A variety of stalls highlighting the work of local charities and organisations, such as WightSAR and Ability Dogs 4 Young People, was a key element of the event alongside arts and crafts, woodland activities, funfair attractions and more.