The stage is almost set for 67th Deeping Agricultural Show and Country Fair

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LET’S ALL go to The Deeping Show - the popular rhyme is currently being heard all over the Deepings area as the annual event approaches.

The 67th Deeping Agricultural Show and Country Fair is on Saturday and Sunday next weekend, coinciding with the diamond jubilee celebrations.

The show has been held on the first weekend of June throughout Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign, with the exception of 2001 when foot and mouth epidemic restrictions forced its cancellation.

This year’s major attraction, a first for the Deepings, is The Devil’s Horsemen stunt team, Roman charioteers who will race around the ring with possible spills as well as thrills on the Sunday. The Sunday main arena entertainment programme also includes Cyril the Squirrel with his racing terriers and the ever-popular carriage driving.

The traditional agricultural show, sited in Millfield Road, off Stamford Road, features various livestock classes, a mini farm with sheep, poultry, pigs, goats and alpacas and showjumping, a gymkhana and show classes for horses and ponies.

Vintage machinery including tractors, static engines and army vehicles will be on display alongside the latest models and there will be an exhibition marquee with arts, crafts and cookery plus flowers, photography and children’s work, with many jubilee-themed displays and competitions.

Sheep-shearing demonstrations are always a highlight and beekeepers will be on hand to talk about their hobby.

A rural industries marquee will feature craftspeople on hand to answer questions and demonstrate wool-spinning, basket-weaving, painting and upholstery.

There will be trade stands and a shopping mall as well as numerous food and drink stands, including a licensed bar and a restaurant.

Magician Keith Downs and a Punch and Judy show will provide entertainment for children.

Most of the livestock and equine events are on Saturday with family entertainment highlights on Sunday. A tea dance, which was a great success last year, returns on the Sunday with popular music from the 1950s onwards played by The Country Knights.

Tickets are £7 (£5) on the gate, or £18 for two adults and two children with a family ticket. There are also membership deals available.

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