Around 12,000 visitors made the relaunched Leicestershire County Show at the new Harborough Showground a major success.
Now delighted organisers are talking about expanding the one-day rural show, staged by Leicestershire Agricultural Society, into two days next year.
“Market Harborough has helped us really revive this show” said farmer and show chairman James Webb.
“I think after making our debut here this year, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
The big 85-acre showground was buzzing all day - until a thunderstorm at 3.30pm brought an abrupt end, an hour-and-a-half early.
Arena entertainment had included Royal Navy gun running demonstration teams, an historic coach and four demonstration, Leicester Tigers, vintage cars and tractors and the Fernie Hounds.
John Calloway of the Royal Navy team, based in Portsmouth, said: “Events like this are always great to do.”
And coach and horses owner Bill Ginns, who lives in Skeffington, north of Market Harborough, and is one of fewer than a dozen coach owners left in the country, said he was keen to support a “local show”.
Traders were pleased too. ‘Raw milk’ dairy Stones of Keyham, north of Market Harborough, said there had been great interest in their unpasteurised milk.
Maureen Stone said: “It’s a superfood because it has more of the good bacteria in that pasteurisation takes out.”
At Market Harborough-based FarrinHeight veggie and vegan foods, Kerry Height said business had been good.
“Going veggie or vegan is good for the planet, good for your health and good for animals” she added.
Farmers were also delighted. Prize-winning sheep farmer Richard Laban from Gilmorton said: “It looks a success. I think they have got the pricing right. £5 brings the crowds in.”
And winning cattle farmer Oliver Brewin, from Thorpe Langton, added: “I hope this new venue gives the County Show a new lease of life.”
Following this success, other rural events could be heading for Harborough.
Leicestershire Agricultural Society is in talks with groups who want to put on a vintage festival, a beer and pie festival and an equine sports event at the site.