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County Show returns with homegrown focus

Posted onPosted on 17th Mar

Tickets for this year’s Nottinghamshire County Show at Newark Showground on 13th May have gone on sale.

Activities will again showcase the region’s livestock, food producers, and countryside way of living.

The Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, which hosts the show, said this year’s event will offer new and much-loved attractions, including the Young Farmers Association’s madcap lawnmower race, a display from the Red Barrows wheelbarrow display team, an agility dog show, and a parade of vintage tractors.

There will also be a chance to show off prize cattle, sheep, and heavy horses — with rabbits returning for 2023 too — alongside equine competitions, livestock displays, food and drink sales, craft stalls, and trade stands.

There will be renewed emphasis on getting people to bring their own produce along to the show in the relaunched Make, Bake and Grow competition, offering prizes for the best cakes, homegrown vegetables, jams, and chutneys.

Show organiser Elizabeth Halsall said: “We had a fantastic return for the show last year and already we’re working hard to ensure that this year has an exciting line up of events.

“The county show has a history stretching back for centuries and as a society it’s our role to ensure that it showcases everything that the local agriculture industry is about, from machinery to animals to the way of life.

“There is no getting away from the fact that the agriculture industry has come under huge cost pressures over the past year and that everybody is bearing the brunt of food prices.

“That will doubtless play a major part in some of the talks and conversations that will take place throughout the day, while we will also celebrate everything that makes farming in the county so special.”

Adult advanced tickets for the show cost £11, but children aged 16 and under go free. To find out more and buy tickets visit