The weekend’s 128th annual Herts County Show was far from a washout, as the event attracted record turnouts despite the poor weather.
More than 24,000 visitors attended the showground on Dunstable Road, Redbourn, on the sunny Sunday, creating a new record.
The high attendance meant gates had to be closed by 2.30pm due to public safety, and some advance admission ticket holders were refused entry.
Organisers apologised for the problem and promised to refund the ticket prices in full.
Showers on the Saturday meant fewer country enthusiasts turned out, but family ticket sales for the event had also hit a new record and a plethora of displays over both days ensured it remained a successful year.
Among the performers were Britain’s Got Talent 2014 semi-finalists Bolddog FMX motocross team, who wowed crowds with their aerial stunts on Sunday. Europe’s number one trick riding team the Devil’s Horsemen also performed, while the Dacorum Community Choir kept soaking visitors entertained in the marquee with a 40 minute concert.
Show secretary Mike Harman said: “This was another absolutely fantastic weekend with our emergency event organisational planning overcoming the wet weather challenges.
“As always, we will be reviewing all aspects of the 2014 feedback in the coming weeks with our stewards and professional support services to ensure all of our positive experiences and learning this year will be documented for the 2015 Show.
“After the extremely testing weather but successful experiences of last weekend, we are looking forward to planning for next year with confidence and enthusiasm.”