Thousands flocked to the 182nd Suffolk Show at Trinity Showground, despite grey skies on the opening day.
The Suffolk Trinity, Suffolk Punch, Red Poll and Suffolk Sheep led the vanguard of livestock on show, washed, polished and groomed to perfection while traditional crafts were displayed alongside the best of agricultural trade and equipment.
An Apache helicopter from Wattisham was among the attractions and the nine show rings featured a wide range of entertainment for the crowds.
The first day saw some death defying aerial acrobatic skills from the Broke FMX motorcycle display team while in contrast and power and grace of the heavy horses was displayed in the Grand Ring.
The very best of Suffolk produce was on show with wine tasting from the East Anglian Vineyards Association including vintages grown in West Suffolk.
In the afternoon, farmers Brian Waters, from Stowmarket, and Eric Baldry, from Helmingham, were congratulated for 50 years long service working for two Stowmarket-based farms.
Brian, who works on Mayor of Stowmarket Vera Waspe’s farm, said: “Fifty years happens without you realising it. Time just goes so quickly.
“I used to bike up the farm on weekends and school holidays until one day I asked Mr Waspe if I could have a job - that was 50 years ago now.
“But if I had my time all over again I would do just the same.”
And as the first day came to a close, the sun finally came out.