The 2013 Woodhall Spa Country Show will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth.
Last year struck a healthy note with its theme of ‘5-a-day’ on Lincolnshire’s vegetables, but this year’s event, on Sunday May 19, is being more self-indulgent by featuring sugar production in the county.
The National Farmers’ Union will put on a display of sugar beet growing, backed up by the vintage tackle enthusiasts who will be there with the kind of tractors and beet growing equipment that our fathers and grandfathers would recognise.
British Sugar will take the story on to the processing of the crop and Dinah, from Horncastle Cakes, will show what can be done with the final product as she helps children ice a cup cake for charity. Dave Miles from Bardney Heritage Group will also be there to tell the story of the Bardney beet factory. “We’re very proud to be able to showcase a sector that sometimes gets missed out when people think about Lincolnshire’s farming expertise”, explained Show Chairman John Michael. As a special attraction in the Main Ring this year, the show has been fortunate enough to be able to offer Lucy and Indie who won ITV’s That Dog Can Dance competition. The ring displays will also include Zumba dancing and, for the first time, a display by the horses and carriages of the Lincolnshire Branch of the British Driving Society. In the Countryside Area, Woodhall Spa’s own Petwood Falconry will be displaying owls. The usual wide range of livestock classes will be being judged, with one of the best entries of cattle and sheep at any one-day show in the county. The poultry tent will undoubtedly be as noisy as ever, as cockerels do their best to outcrow each other to impress the hens, and the craft and heritage marquees will show fine examples of people’s skill and determination to create, collect or restore beautiful things. Local history enthusiasts can enjoy the company of the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum supporters, Heritage Lincolnshire, the Lincolnshire Family History Society and a variety of other groups, while anyone who is hungry will be offered a splendid selection of local food including Lincolnshire sausages, local beef, goats cheese from Wragby and venison burgers, as well as a chance to sit down for tea, cake and a rest in ‘Sue’s Café’, run by Sue Kind, from Roughton. Baker Pete Welbourne will be back by popular demand to demonstrate his bread-making skills, with the chance to taste the wonderful end product if you get your timing right. Anyone looking for retail therapy will find plenty of shopping opportunities, with everything from sweets and socks to hand-made jewellery, or even a new top-of-the-range luxury car. The show takes place from 9.30am to 5pm on the new Showfield off Green Lane with a dedicated free parking field, offering easy access. Entry has been held at last year’s prices of £5 for adults, £2.50 for children, with under-5s coming in free.