The Lichfield Greenhill Bower Festival has its origins in the 12th century when King Henry II called an annual muster of able-bodied men across the land which, in Lichfield, always took place on Whit Monday.
The custom has been maintained to this day, as has the traditional street procession which has been led by Morris dancers for centuries.
And celebrating their own slice of history at this year's Bower Festival, the Green Man's Morris and Sword Club marked their 60th anniversary by dancing at the head of the parade.
The parade finished up at Lichfield's Beacon Park which came alive with bags of thrills and entertainment in the main showgrounds throughout the day, making up for the cloudy skies.
The main attraction was undoubtedly provided by the Adrenalin Tour Quadbike, with former world champion moto-cross rider Jason Smyth providing breathtaking aerial jumps over an articulated rig, as well as stunts on his motorbike.
But there also no shortage of thrills during the routines provided by Jive Pony, which included one of the riders cantering around the ring on two horses at once.
Other displays were provided by a falconry display, search and rescue dogs, a group of wrestlers, and the Show of Strength team who made your limbs ache as they lifted an anvil and barrel each weighing almost 20 stone.
Elsewhere in the festival grounds there were plenty of entertainment coming from a music tent with a number of live bands featuring the ever popular King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.
And if that wasn't enough to keep the many thousands of visitors happy, there was also a huge array of food outlets, a beer and wine tent, fairground attractions, arts and crafts, charity stalls, dance displays, and a special appearance by the newly crowned Bower Queen.
And, while all the fun and excitement was happening on the ground there was also the thrill overhead of a fly-past by a World War Two Spitfire.
The only disappointment is that we have to wait another year until next Whitsun.