Thousands of people descend on village show

Vicki Frith with her dog Diamond

Vicki Frith with her dog Diamond

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A POPULAR village show saw more than a thousand people descend on an Oakley school for a day of fun, food and traditional British entertainment.

Visitors to the annual Oakley Village Show, held at Oakley Church of England Junior School last Saturday, made the most of the sunshine during the afternoon, which offered plenty of family fun for all ages.

Ann Davis, who helped organise the show as part of the village show committee, said: “The show has been running for 17 years and we like to think that it gets bigger and better.

“This year we have 80 show classes, for things including flowers, crafts and cookery, and we have more stalls than we have ever had before.

“We don’t raise a huge amount of money, but what we do raise will go to the Oakley Community Association.

“It’s really an event which is about people getting together and having some fun.”

Attractions at the show included traditional Morris dancing from the Knickerbocker Glory Morris Team, a Punch and Judy show, steel band and a raffle.

There was also a dog demonstration, in which dogs performed agility tricks, performances by the Basingstoke Male Voice Choir, a beer tent, barbecue and stalls selling all sorts of goodies, including vintage finds.

Among those at the event were the Smith family, from Popley.

Mike Smith, 42, brought his two sons Gareth, five, and Darren, four, to the show.

He said: “As village shows go, this is definitely one of the best.

“We’ve come once before and we’ll continue to do so. There’s so much to do and it’s nice to see traditional things like the Morris dancing, which we don’t get to see very often.”

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