For hundreds of years, members of the travelers community in the United Kingdom have gathered by the thousands in Appleby-in-Westmorland, in northern England, to sell and trade horses and celebrate as a community. During the loosely-organized event, horses are washed, displayed and run for buyers to see, while others gather in a temporary market and small fair set up in nearby fields. Collected here are selected images of the fair from the past 10 years. [24 photos total]

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Horses splash in the river Eden at Appleby in Westmorland, northern England, on June 9, 2013. The horses are washed as part of the annual fair which has taken place since the 1600's. (Darren Staples / Reuters) #
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A family travel in a traditional caravan or vardo on the opening day of the annual Appleby Horse Fair, in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, on June 4, 2015. (Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images) #
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A man takes his horse for a pre-sale wash in the River Eden at Appleby Horse Fair on June 5, 2004. (Chris Furlong / Getty Images) #
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Milly Edwards, aged 3, poses next to the River Eden during the Appleby Horse Fair on June 6, 2013. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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Boys ride their horses along the main road in Appleby in Westmorland on June 4, 2015. (Phil Noble / Reuters) #
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A man with a horse tattoo photographs people washing horses in the River Eden on the opening day of the annual Appleby Horse Fair on June 4, 2015. (Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images) #
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A caravan is for sale during the Appleby Horse Fair on June 5, 2014. (Nigel Roddis / Getty Images) #
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Two young boys try to control a wayward foal near the River Eden at the Appleby Horse Fair on June 7, 2007. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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Leanna Bishop, of Glouscestershire washes her horse in the River Eden at the Appleby Horse Fair on June 8, 2006. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A blacksmith shoes a horse at Appleby in Westmorland on June 4, 2015. (Phil Noble / Reuters) #
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A caravan with a modern braking modification, arrives for the start of the Appleby Horse Fair on June 7, 2007. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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Travelers wash their horses and traps in the River Eden during the Appleby Horse Fair on June 4, 2015. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A man falls off his horse as he washes it in the river Eden on June 4, 2015. (Phil Noble / Reuters) #
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Thousands of pounds swap hands as deals are made along the 'mad mile' at Appleby Horse Fair on June 5, 2004. (Chris Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A man takes time out at Appleby Horse Fair on June 5, 2004. (Chris Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A man attends the Appleby Horse Fair on June 8, 2006 in Appleby-in-Westmorland, England. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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Jeff Nesham, aged 16, poses as he rides Trigger in the River Eden on June 6, 2013. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A traveler familysit around a campfire as they cook their lunch at the Appleby Horse Fair on June 8, 2012. (Scott Heppell / AP) #
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People wash their horses in the River Eden in preparation for selling at the Appleby Horse Fair on June 3, 2011. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A girl travels in a miniature horse-drawn carriage on the opening day of the annual Appleby Horse Fair on June 4, 2015. (Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images) #
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A traveler washes his horse next to the river Eden on June 4, 2015. (Phil Noble / Reuters) #
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Men drive their horse at speed for the benefit of buyers along the 'mad mile' at Appleby Horse Fair on June 4, 2005. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A man, with mud spatter on his face,  after riding his horse at the Appleby Horse Fair on June 4, 2005. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) #
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A traveler washes her horse at Appleby in Westmorland, northern England, on June 9, 2013. (Darren Staples / Reuters) #

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