The 33rd Eccleshall Festival offered 10 days of events, from open days hosted by community groups and clubs to competitions for fancy dressers and talented young people.
On Saturday one of the biggest events in the festival calendar, the street market, drew a massive crowd to the High Street. More than 70 local businesses and organisations hosted stalls.
Festival co-ordinator Peter Jones said: “The weather was ideal for an outdoor event, warm with a light breeze which seemed to suit the several thousand visitors to the town.
“Stafford Borough's Mayor Ray Sutherland officially opened the event and spent the next few hours visiting each stall, talking to stallholders and visitors alike, and calling in on the special events at the festival.
“The monster truck provided by Springfields Nursery was a huge attraction as were the 40 scarecrows on display at Holy Trinity Church. Music and dance was provided by the Blackwell Concert Band, the Uttoxeter Morris Men and the Broughton Community Choir.
“Probably the two busiest were the ice cream van and the Ecclian used tools stall. The bouncy castle and the Austin Seven club display drew different crowds. Popular as ever were the Majestic Owls. All in all, a pleasant day out for all the family.”
The Eccy Factor junior talent contest was won by 12-year-old guitarist Callum Mountfield from Yarnfield, while the story writing competition winners were Lottie Silvester, Luke Gilmore and Grace Hunt. Eccleshall Pharmacy’s wartime-themed stall and outfits won the fancy dress competition.