70,000 for Show Day 2012
The queue for the sunscreen stand was lengthy and the village green was packed with picnicking families for Canterbury's Show Day.
The final day of the 150th Canterbury A&P Show attracted 70,000 people looking for a family day out or hoping to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
Christchurch bands entertained people on the green, while hundreds gathered around the sheep maternity ward to see lambs being born.
The livestock pavilion and city farmyard area were heaving with children all day, while adults preferred to sip Pimms in the shade or enjoy a pint at the Tui BaaBaa Bar.
Event director Rae Finlay said this year's show had been a "huge success".
"We are incredibly happy with how this year has gone. Not having to deal with the elements has made it a fantastic three days."
She said the show had recovered from its post-earthquake lull, with crowd numbers "definitely a lot bigger" than last year.
Zelda Walker, 83, used to ride ponies and competed at the show when she was at school.
"Watching the ponies is still a highlight for me. This year they were fantastic and incredibly well ridden," she said.
Walker said the weather had "really done wonders" for the show.
"I just love seeing everyone out and enjoying the show and all the children on the green. It's just adorable," she said.
The O'Callaghan family, of Christchurch, has spent the past three shows outside the city.
"We're not going away this year, so we thought we'd come to the show and I'm glad we did because it's a really lovely day," Jessica O'Callaghan said.
Joel, 6, said he "loved all the animals", while sister Kayla, 4, said horses were her favourite.
"And we saw a pony with pink and purple hair and she was the best one," she said.
Shearer Chris Jones, of Renwick, said the show always offered an "enjoyable day and some tough competition".
"You pretty much just get to hang out with your mates all day even though we might be at war when we're shearing," he said.
More than 110,000 people passed through the gates this year.