THOUSANDS of visitors descended on the Royal County Show in Northwood today in sunny but blustery conditions.

This year saw the long awaited return of the County Show, which has in recent years faced a number of cancellations. Organisers of the annual event are hoping to bring back prestige to the show over the next few years, starting with the 2012 event.

With the ground still soft underfoot, visitors explored the variety of trade stands, information points and attractions on offer including a animal farm allowing children to handle small animals. Award-winning bulls were also on display along side more unique animals like the woolly Alpacas from West Wight Alpacas.

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Working machinery was on display showing how food goes from the field to the table, all part of the show’s ethos of supporting and raising awareness of agriculture and the natural environment on the Isle of Wight.

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