RECORDS numbers of people took advantage of the sunshine to make this year's Cheshire Show the biggest yet.
Organisers estimate the two-day event at Tabley Showground attracted more than 70,000 paying visitors, based on early indications from tickets sales which were up more than 12% on last year.
Vice chairman Vic Croxson said: "Whereas in the past we regarded 60,000 as a very good turn out, this sunny weather has brought people in enormous numbers."
Mr Croxson said the organisers had worked incredibly hard to make this show successful after the death of its secretary David Broster three weeks ago.
He said: "It's been a remarkable show from many angles, and one of great contrasts between the sadness the organisers felt at losing the show's secretary and the success of the two days."
More than 500 trade stands spanning a total of five kilometres were a key part of the show which also featured a Welsh village attraction, traditional craft demonstrations and an outdoor pursuits area with falconry displays.
Food lovers were tempted by some of the finest goods from across the county, with everything from cheeses to homemade preserves and a wide selection of meats.
Other attractions included the popular Womens' Institute marquee, floral displays, vintage and agricultural machinery, the Grand Parade, a motorcycle stunt show, the Band of The Prince of Wales's Division and a farmers' market.
Vic Croxson said: "As well as the record 3,500 horses in competitions at the show, we have increasing numbers of cattle this year, which seems a long way from the dark days of foot-and-mouth five years ago when we had none.
"People feared then they may never return, but they are back and it shows the confidence farmers now feel."
In 2001, the event was cancelled at the 11th hour following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease at Little Leigh, only a few miles from the showground.
It was only the second time in the event's 164-year history it had to be called off. The previous time was in 1866 due to cattle plague.
Mr Croxson said: "This show is aimed at the very people who come here, and when they arrive in such numbers it gives us enormous satisfaction and pleasure that we're providing something the general public are interested in.
"We have around 10,000 exhibitors of all sorts from cattle to machinery who give up their time and come, often at considerable personal expense, and it's heartening for all the volunteers and those involved."
The 164th show also featured record numbers of horses, but an expected appearance by a pony belonging to The Queen, a pony called Balmoral Jingle in the Fell, Highland and Dales Pony Class, failed to materialise.
The Cheshire Show was first held in 1838 and was historically an agricultural event. In recent years, it has expanded to include a much wider range of attractions.
Princess Anne was the first Lady President of the Cheshire Show in 1999 and the year before Prince Charles had visited for the show's 160th anniversary.