The Appleby Horse Fair began on the 6th June, with more people than usual visiting the town. Overall, 30,000 people are expected to attend the fair.
Queues to get to Fair Hill began from 5.30am on Thursday morning. Although there were five arrests today, Cumbria Police have said this is a very small amount for such a large turn out.
Matt Taylor was in Appleby:
Five arrests were made in the first 24 hours of Appleby Fair. One was for assault, two for having controlled drugs and two for being drunk and disorderly.
However, police have acknowledged that this is a small number of arrests among the group of 30,000 believed to be at the fair and that the 'vast majority of people are enjoying the event and are in good spirits'.
Cumbria Police are warning against bare knuckle fighting ay Appleby Fair.
Tributes have been paid to a soldier who died during a training exercise at an army base in Cumbria.
Sergeant Mark Foley, 31, died at Warcop Training Area near Appleby on Wednesday. It's understood that a vehicle rolled over during training.
Sgt Foley is survived by his wife Kelly and two daughters, Emily and Hannah. His wife described him as her "soul mate and best friend" and said they will "miss him so much".
Billy Welch, a Gypsy and Traveller representative has described Appleby as being "sacred to our people, this is like our Mecca".
He also added that "we only ever feel like we belong in Appleby".
Cumbria Police are warning visitors about fast moving horses at Appleby Fair.
It has been reported that this year's fair is seeing more visitors than originally expected.
Billy Welch, a representative of the Gypsy and travelling community agrees that there are a lot more horse drawn carriages this year.
Billy has attended the fair in previous years.
The Royal Oak in Appleby is preparing for the weekend by opening an outside beer garden.
The landlord, Kyle Macrae, said:
"Although it's an inconvenience it adds excitement to the town"
'Significant' road delays have been caused due to the amount of traffic heading to the Appleby Fair, says police.
"Our aim is to strike the right balance between all the communities. This is not without issues but by working together we can continue the family friendly atmosphere at the Fair.” - Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi-agency Strategic Co-ordination Group (MASCG)
The fields for Appleby Horse Fair opened this morning, with bow tops and caravans taking up residence for the next few days.
Bow tops were allowed onto Fair Hill from 5pm last night (4th June)
Motorised vehicles were able to enter from 4am this morning when the gates officially opened.
Police report that there has been a significant increase in the number of caravans arriving in the area this year.
Police say they have 200 officers working at the Appleby Fair. They also have help from the Council, fire service and RSPCA. It's hoped the police presence will ease concerns from communities.
"The community had concerns in areas like Kirkby Stephen and the Appleby golf club where there was a build up of people." - Sean Robinson, Police Superintendent