From a Red Arrows fly past to chainsaw sculptures, from ‘ferreting’ to a Royal visit - the organisers behind this year’s Lincolnshire Show are promising it looks set to be one of the best ever!
Organisers say they are expecting to receive thousands more visitors to the show on June 19-20 – with footfall boosted by guest of honour Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex.
The Lincolnshire Show is one of the largest and most prestigious county shows in the UK and attracts people from all over the Midlands and the rest of the country. The Countess will be there on the second day of the show on June 20.
Now in its 129th year, the Lincolnshire Show is a great family day out with lots going on to attract youngsters.
Jayne Southall, director of the Lincolnshire Showground and the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, said: “The Lincolnshire Show is undoubtedly a county institution and we are immensely proud that 129 years on the show is bigger, better and more diverse than ever.
“However we are still incredibly aware of our roots and the society’s commitment to supporting agriculture.
“The recent couple of years have been incredibly challenging for many of Lincolnshire’s farmers therefore we are working hard to ensure that this year’s show will be even more of a success than ever before for them.”
The Lincolnshire Show is organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society. Agriculture remains at the heart of the show with livestock and equine competitions, machinery displays and the chance to find out more about local food and drink produce.
There will be cooking demonstrations from Lincolnshire chefs Rachel Green and Dominic Franks, local produce in the food court, vintage vehicle displays, floral decoration and flower shows, a sporting showcase, main ring entertainment, craft tents, plenty of fantastic retail opportunities – and lots of live music.
There’s a great line up of events, said Jayne. On the first day of the show, highlights include Simon Whitehead, a professional ferreter who will wow the crowds with his ferrets – and their skills.
There will be the Cuerden Falconry display – with more than a dozen of the world’s most amazing birds of prey. On both days, there will be Jive Pony – the UK’s talented female equestrian display team – with their skipping horses and hula hooping horseback ballerinas.
Sponsors Duckworth are offering guests the chance to take part in the Land Rover experience where visitors will be scaling steep inclines and daring slide slopes as they are driven by qualified off-road Land Rover instructors.
Crowds will also see Chainsaw Sculpture – seeing how a block of timber can be transformed into an amazing sculpture. Rugby legend Mike Catt will be showing youngsters his silky skills on Wednesday – and young people can try and out-kick him. Katy Cropper the first winner of TV’s One Man and His Dog will be showing off her skills in the main ring on both days of the show.
On Thursday, as well as the visit by Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, there will be a stunning display from the fantastic Red Arrows and a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota.
“The main area will be jam-packed with a variety of exciting demonstrations for the whole family,” said Jayne. “There will be old favourites as well as brand new entertainment for eight hours non-stop.”
The British Scurry and Trials Driving will be entertaining visitors in the main ring. The ponies are fast, agile and dash around challenging courses with drivers and grooms. There will also be the Parade of Hounds with the region’s premier packs of hounds from old English Foxhounds, to Basset hounds and Beagles.
And now Lincolnshire Show is complete without the Heavy Horse Turnout competition which will see agricultural and traded vehicles pulled by different heavy horse breeds.
This year will also see the 20th Schools Challenge where pupils from 46 schools will be competing against each other on a variety of challenges which look at the environment, sustainability, and agriculture.
As well as being a great day out for the family, organisers say the show is must-attend event for farmers and businesses.