That's it for another year, the Lincolnshire Show has been and gone once again! Every year, the event attracts thousands and thousands of visitors all looking for a fix of agriculture, good food, farming fashion, horses and livestock, crafts - the parts of the county I have really grown to appreciate in recent years - but yet, I have only ever attended the show as an exhibitor!
Don't get me wrong, I would love to spend at least one full day there, looking at all the trade stands, watching the acts in the Main Ring and just generally having a good browse, but at the same time, I love buzz of being able to 'work' from there. But, of course, with a fun working day comes long hours, and this is a quick look at how yesterday played out for me.
Luckily, because I attended the second day of the show, there was minimal setting up of the stall, so I woke up at 5am, got myself ready and waited for my lift. The forecast was rain, so these were a must!
By around 6.45am, we were on the road to Lincoln. Once we had arrived and made our way to the tent, we packed up a few goodie bags. Then came the rain which just got heavier, heavier and heavier! We decided to brave the downpour and head to the Food Court for a sausage and egg bun (delicious!) but then got caught in even heavier rain! The ground quickly became waterlogged and we were stranded for about half an hour. So of course, I had to take a quick photo.
However, we did need to return to the marquee so we braved the elements once again. This is actually an image of our stand from last year, but we kept to the same decor; this is roughly what it looked like.
And a very kind local company donated these to us too - they went down a treat with visitors!
Once the rain stopped, I ventured out around the Showground to have a nosey and to take some images. I had a quick look at some of the trade stands, admired the floral displays in the Flower Tent, watched the horses (I want one!) and then took a walk to the Main Ring. I know hunting is a sensitive subject to some but this display of the hounds was fantastic. (No hunting involved!)
I then returned to the marquee where my colleagues said a kind company had left strawberries and mousse - whoever you are, thank you very much because it was delicious!
The rest of the afternoon was spent packing more bags and handing them out to passers by. I also chatted to some people who had been involved with the magazine; it's always lovely to put faces to names. Before I knew it, it was 3pm and time for dinner (well, lunch) so of course I had to have a fine Lincolnshire Red Beef Burger... with cheese and onions...
Oh, and we got caught in torrential rain... again! My wellies definitely came in handy!
By around 5pm, we had handed out the remainder of our magazines and were ready to pack up and head home. Long day? Yes. But worth it? Completely.