THOUSANDS of people braved rain and hail to enjoy a day out at the 139th annual Great Harwood Show.
Visitor numbers were down on last year's record-busting 8,000, but organisers estimated that up to 5,000 people showed their support for the show despite the harsh conditions.
They were treated to an assortment of entertainment, including a Spanish riding demonstration, a tug-of-war and a popular display by the Guardhall security team with their highly-trained dogs.
Show secretary Rona Westwell said visitors had shown "true Lancashire spirit" in disregarding the rain and hoped their support would continue.
She said: "It's important that this show keeps going, though so many others no longer exist. We have been going for 139 years so we are part of the tradition of this area.
"It certainly helps that we are close to a built-up area so there are lots of people around who come and support us.
"It has been fantastic that so many people braved the weather to come to the show. After the first lot of rain cleared they were arriving within minutes.
"We were also lucky that the showground held up well."
Bill Bruce, organiser of the poultry section, appealed for more local people to enter the show, as there were very few local entries in his section.
He said: "It's possible some newer people are put off by the high standards, but people need to know that everyone is welcome to come here.
"I hope we can get more local people entering next year."
Hyndburn winners at the show included:
Rabbit section - Mr G Walton, Accrington, best English.
Cattle section - Jack Pickup, Great Harwood, best junior handler.
Sheep section - J Pickard, of Great Harwood, best ewe lamb (Lonk), best ram lamb, best ewe 2 shear, best shearling ewe, best ewe lamb, best group of five, best female, reserve champion (Derbyshire Gritstone); W and A Holden, of Oswaldtwistle, best ram lamb, best ewe lamb best group of five (Texel); Mark Ireland, of Great Harwood, best ewe 2 shear, best female, champion (Texel). G C Cropper, Accrington, best prime lamb.
Horse section - Bev Neil, of Rishton, best conditioned in hand, mountain and moorland in hand, mountain and moorland champion, in hand champion; S Williams, of Oswaldtwistle, best coloured in-hand; Kate Lightbown, of Accrington, best novice horse or pony; Lauren Ashcroft, of Great Harwood, best novice working hunter.
Dog section - Mrs Brancroft, of Accrington, best in show; K Copsey, of Oswaldtwistle, best Labrador (puppy); Mr and Mrs Done, of Haslingden, best Doberman.