Thousands of farming families attended The Greatest Online Agricultural Show last weekend (May 2), which raised more than £16,000 for five rural charities.
Instigated by David Hill, the show hoped to counter the numerous show cancellations due to the Covid-19 lockdown and sparked immediate support from the farming community from its conception.
After five weeks of planning, the show attracted more than 6,000 visitors and 800 livestock entries and raised around £16,000 for the show’s chosen charities: R.A.B.I, R.S.A.B.I, FCN, YANA and DJP Foundation.
Commenting on the success of the show, Mr Hill said: “The past few weeks organising the show have been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have been balled away by the amount of people offering to muck in and help.
"Thank you to all the hosts, sponsors, exhibitors, traders, stewards, judges and visitors for coming along.”
The show site featured various areas which promised fun for all the family, from an educational zone to an agri-tech hub and the ever-popular beer tent.
Attending the show with his family, Will Evans said: “I thought the initial idea was brilliant way of bringing people together. For many farming families, agriculture shows are the highlight of the year and their cancellation would have been a massive blow to them.
“I thought every section of the show was great, especially the educational videos and the Disco Jackers DJ set – every one of us had a brilliant time.”
A R.A.B.I spokesperson said: “The Greatest Online Agricultural Show was a fantastic event and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped set it up to raise money for us and other farming charities.
“These are difficult times for so many people but the farming community really knows how to come together to look out for those who need a helping hand.”
Looking ahead to next year, Mr Hill was unsure if the event will go ahead again in the same format.
He added: “The show was a result of the extraordinary times we are currently experiencing and it almost feels a shame to do it again next year when the shows are hopefully back up and running.
"I am sure something will go ahead though, so watch this space.”
The show site will remain online for a while for those wishing to revisit, check out the trade stands and look through the demonstrations, displays and talks.