Farmers have splashed and slithered their way into day two of the Cereals event in Lincolnshire, despite a washout first day which saw visitors without wellies regretting their footwear faux pas.
Yesterday (12 June), 35mm of rain fell on the Boothby Graffoe site, quickly forming muddy scenes reminiscent of Glastonbury Festival.
Late last night, the Cereals event organisers said they were “getting creative with parking” to make sure the show would go on.
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Then, this morning, the organisers said arriving in a four-wheel-drive vehicle was “highly recommended”, prompting a torrent of concern from those with lesser-wheel-driven cars.
The rain has come in heavier & faster than forecasted. This weather has impacted an already saturated event site. Based on current conditions, we will visit site in the early AM to assess the situation & inform the community. Please check email, TFF & Twitter before departing.
— Cereals Event (@CerealsEvent) June 12, 2019
SHOW UPDATE: The show is open today. 4WD highly recommended. Expect delays entering and departing the event. Please work with the staff. Thank you.
— Cereals Event (@CerealsEvent) June 13, 2019
Waterlogged car parks filled with confident Land Rovers and assorted pickup trucks, as plucky cars floundered on the gripless green and brown sludge.
Visitors were undeterred by the soaking conditions.
Wellies were the order of the day when it came to negotiating boggy patches and major walkways.
Fancy footwear – Farmers Weekly plastic bags became the must-have accessory.
Heavy downpours didn’t put off these keen attendees.
Vehicles without four-wheel-drive struggled in the car parks.
Parking at cereals pic.twitter.com/ibnSfnSLWf
— Jack Watts (@JGCWatts) June 13, 2019
A bit wet at Cereals today! Feels just like Mystery Creek. Will be fun getting out of the car park later…. pic.twitter.com/kP0q4Vwc4r
— Glen Surgenor (@GlenSurgenor) June 13, 2019