THOUSANDS of people turned up despite the downpours to enjoy the annual Usk Show on Saturday.

The agricultural show - which has been held each year since 1844 by Usk Farmers Club - celebrates the best of Monmouthshire rural life and farming with a variety of shows and stalls.

This year the one-day event saw thousands turn up in the pouring rain to enjoy sheepdog displays, vintage tractors, livestock judging and local cuisine.

There was something for all ages on the day, including fairground rides, show jumping competitions and the chance to see rabbits, poultry, pigs and even alpacas.

Derek and Jane Green from Caerwent came out with their dog Waverley and said they come along to the Usk Show each year.

Mr Green said: "We have agricultural backgrounds and we both come from a farm background so we enjoy coming along to see what's on. We wouldn't keep coming back if we didn't enjoy it!"

Fellow visitors Angela and Geoff Daniels, both 63, came from Raglan with their granddaughter Jessica, five, for a day out.

Mrs Daniels said: "We've come here a few times before but this is the first time we've brought Jessica. She's been to see the rabbits and the pigs and is stopping everyone she sees who has come here with their dogs! The weather isn't the best this year but everyone is still enjoying themselves."

This year the main attractions in the rings were Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Team in the main ring and David Seamark and his sheepdog display in the countryside ring.

Along with the exhibits and stalls, many visitors and families brought their dogs to take part in competitions.

Throughout the morning people browsed the food and clothes stalls and trade stands and checked out the livestock before the judging began.