‘The show will go ahead whatever the weather’ is the message from the organisers of the Rutland County Show, who are determined to make this year’s event the best yet.
The 182nd county show takes place on Sunday for the first time at its new showground near the Oakham bypass.
The show, which showcases the best that Rutland has to offer in livestock, produce and crafts, has never been cancelled due to the weather in its history and show director Emma Dodds said there is nothing that will stop this year’s event going ahead despite other events in the area, such as the Stamford Summer Fayre, being called off.
She said: “The show has never ever been cancelled and we will go ahead whatever happens. We’ve got a lovely new ground and there’s nothing that’s going to stop us.
“The weather has been bad recently but looking at the forecast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there’s no rain, and we want to make it our biggest and best show yet.”
The event moves to its new 150 acre home just outside of Oakham, having been held at the 40-acre site at Burley-on-the-Hill for more than 20 years.
There will be more than 150 cattle, 200 sheep and 100 goats competing in various categories. Trade stands, food vendors and children’s activities will feature as well as wildlife displays, including bird of prey demonstrations and an array of classic cars and tractors.
There will also be a demonstration from the RAVC Military dogs from Melton Mowbray, where visitors will get to see how the dogs are trained for a variety of roles, as well as the puppies from the Canine Partners Rutland Support Group.
Equine fans will see Royal International qualifying show ponies and horses, alongside some of the nation’s best of British showjumping competitors.
Emma added: “The new ground is in walking distance of the town so we’re hoping lots of families will come out for what will be a great day.
“As well as the usual cattle, sheep and pigs, we’ve got lots of activities for children and we really trying to encourage more families to come along.”
No rain is forecast for Sunday, with highs of 19C. The show runs from 8.30am to 5.30pm. For tickets visit www.rutlandcountyshow.com