Rutland County Show set for last appearance at Burley-on-the-Hill

Event trustees Jonny Baker and Steve Knight mark out the show ground for the last time.

Event trustees Jonny Baker and Steve Knight mark out the show ground for the last time.

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Preparations are taking place and excitement is building for Rutland County Show’s last ever appearance in Burley-on-the-Hill.

The agricultural event has been held at the showground for more than 20 years and organisers are now set for one last hurrah at the venue on Sunday before it moves to the new site just north of the Oakham bypass.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the 181st show, which will include an appearance from Titan the Robot, The Knights of the Dammed jousting team, chainsaw carvings, a wildlife petting zoo, birds of prey demonstrations and vintage cars, as well as livestock and equine competitions.

Event secretary Emma Dodds said: “We’ve had a record number of trade stands booking this year and the general feel is everyone wants to make it, rain or shine, to the very last show at Burley-on-the-Hill.

“I took over the role in November so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. However I can only thank the excellent committee and trustees for their help and support. The dedication these volunteers have to show is inspiring.

“Although it will be sad packing up for the very last time at this beautiful venue, the show organisers feel exciting times are ahead with their wonderful new site, which is already being developed for the 2014 show.”

The show moved to Burley-on-the-Hill when it outgrew the agricultural society’s showground in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham. With new homes set to be build on the Oakham site, developer Hawksmead has provided the new larger showground which will host the county show.

Tickets for this year’s show are on sale at Walkers Bookshops in Oakham and Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre and Uppingham Sports and Books, at £8 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 for children aged between five and 16. Gates open at 8.30am.

To find out more go to rutlandcountyshow.co.uk