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Animals to take centre stage at County Show

Posted onPosted on 22nd Feb

Visitors will be able to see more animals and enjoy a new revved-up attraction in the main ring when the Nottinghamshire County Show returns in May.

The event, which attracted around 15,000 people to Newark Showground last year, is scheduled to take place on 11th May and discounted tickets have already gone on sale online.

Organised by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, the show is held to showcase the best of local rural living, including the animals and produce, the people who work in the agricultural industry, their machinery, and their way of life.

It is also a chance to celebrate growing — including everyone from farmers to allotment holders to home gardeners — the work of community groups, food and drink producers, and local traders.

Last year saw a bumper 730 entries in the livestock section, while 663 horses and riders took part in equestrian competition.

Both will return for 2024 alongside a host of other animals, including dogs, donkeys, and smaller creatures, such as guinea pigs and rabbits, thanks to White Post Farm, Farnsfield.

The main ring will feature the daredevil talents of the IMPS Motorcycle Display charity team, while the event will also showcase the talents of crafters, cooks, and gardeners in its Make, Bake and Grow section, which will feature prize flower-arranging, cake competitions, homegrown vegetables, and painting.
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The new chairman of the show organising committee, Des Allen, a pig and arable farmer and former Nottinghamshire NFU county chairman, said: “The show is a hugely important part of the work the society carries out all year round and everyone was very happy to see so many people coming along last year to enjoy what was on offer.

“We always try to keep the show fresh without changing the ethos behind it, which is why we’re pleased to be welcoming the IMPS along this year and looking at new ways to promote growing and to feature as many animals as we can.

“Everyone in our industry knows what challenges we’re all facing and that makes the show even more important.

“Not only does it bring farmers and producers together, it’s an opportunity for us all to speak to the wider community and show them the work we do to help them get food onto their tables.”

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