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 is putting on an extra bus and has 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.”
Other additions to the show this year are a farrier competition – managed by local farrier Stephen Hill and Stamford School is sponsoring the expanded education zone where children can learn about everything from ferrets to frogs.
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.
There will also be a demonstration kitchen, as well as the new Military Working Dog Squadron based at St George’s Barracks, Canine Partners, Leicester Tigers and the Cottesmore Hunt. 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.
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.