HUNDREDS descended on Moss Farm to enjoy this weekend's bumper Northwich Festival.
Featuring everything from a strong man contest to singing festivals, ladies nights and fair-ground attractions, there was something for everyone - once the sun broke through!
The crowd was wowed by the Cheshire Strongman contest as 11 burley contestants fought it out for the coveted title.
Northwich man Mark Preece put together a gruelling competition which went down to the wire with unknown quantity Clive Lyne, 25, of Heywood, Greater Manchester, clinching the £500 prize after becoming the only competitor to complete the last event.
Seven times previous winner Paul Hayes, of Manchester, came second and local lads Ben Bishop, Leftwich, and Andy Walter, of Middlewich, tied third place.
Festival director Tim Pickering said he has big plans to expand next year's contest with the possibility of holding regional qualifiers ahead of a grand final at Moss Farm.
A series of children's races were won by the boys Owen Harvey, Daniel Forster, Sam Dutton and Ashley Tolley, while Bethany Violet and Jaclyn Clarke scooped the girls' events.
Northwich Rugby Club retained the Tug of War Championship by beating a team from Manchester in a thrilling final, while bodybuilders Paul Sutton and Bernie Cooper gave a warm-up display in preparation for their participation in the Mr Universe Contest at Southport in October.
On Sunday, 11-year-old Kaylee McDeen won the Miss Northwich Festival, Danielle Haseldene, eight, scooped the title of Miss Summer Festival and Connor Jones, seven, won the Mr Muscleman contest.
All three are from Winsford. On Sunday night Dave Jones from Congleton won the Song from the Heart of Cheshire competition.
Northwich Rugby Club chairman Sam Naylor said: 'All in all this was a fabulous weekend which really does put Vale Royal on the map.
'We will continue to work with our many partners, particularly the borough council, to ensure that the Northwich Festival continues to be the best value for money event in the Northwich social calendar.'