Preparations are well underway for the 183rd Rutland County Show, which takes place on Sunday, May 31.
It’s a busy time for the show office, which has sent out the livestock and horse and pony showing schedules and is finalising everything from the food courts to the entertainment.
The Rutland show moved to its new home at the showground last year and had one of its best shows in recent history. Organisers believe this was because the new location allowed visitors to walk into the showground from Oakham and many visitors took advantage of free shuttle buses from Oakham and Uppingham.
This year the show committee are putting on an extra bus and have upgraded all its services to accommodate the growing show, with better access to the showground, a new ticketing system, bigger show layout, online sales and banks on site.
Show director Emma Dodds said: “We are really keen to make the Rutland Show about Rutland people.
“We have local groups, clubs and societies joining us this year in our new Rutland ring as well as in the education zone, alongside our new local larder, which is aimed at celebrating our home-grown food and drink producers. Some spaces are still available in both these areas so do contact the show office for more details if you want to join them.
“The members’ marquee this year is once again generously sponsored by Frontier Agriculture and is a glazed stunning pavilion. It sits in-between the main ring and the Rutland ring so members have a choice of two lawns to sit in, and of course they have their own bar and café run by Robert Reid.”
Other additions to the show this year are a farrier competition – managed by local farrier Stephen Hill and Stamford School are sponsoring the expanded education zone where children can learn about everything from ferrets to frogs.
The Rutland show organisers are committed to providing a show full of fun farming things to do and see whilst at the same time supporting local societies and sports clubs. This year Royce Rangers and Oakham Rugby Club will be in the Rutland Ring and having a stand to showcase their clubs. There is also a vintage dairy, the NFU roadshow, the dog zone, the parrot show and of course back by popular demand the sheep show.
In the pavilion this year there will be a demonstration kitchen loaned by the Lincolnshire Showground and in the main ring, there will be the Mounted Games of GB, the new Military Working Dog Squadron based at St George’s Barracks, Canine Partners, Leicester Tigers and the Cottesmore Hunt, along with an extra five packs of hounds. The highlight of the day will be the parade of livestock champions.
More than 120 stands will be selling everything from handbags to lawn mowers.
“Families are our growing market, so we’re aiming at finding something for every member of the family to do and see at the show,” said Emma.
Gates open at 8.30am on show day. Tickets are on sale now online and early bird buyers can benefit from a 20 per cent discount until May 15 with tickets costing £10 for adults and £8 for concessions.
From May 16 until show day they are £12.50/£10.