Agricultural shows for 2012
PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013
From one year to the next, the region's annual agricultural shows are firmly marked dates in the calendars of farming families, who look forward to the chance to meet and compete, to show rural skills and celebrate farming practice
From one year to the next, the regions annual agricultural shows are firmly marked dates in the calendars of farming families, who look forward to the chance to meet and compete, to show rural skills and celebrate farming practice, whatever the weather.
Grab an early taster of the traditional delights to come throughout the show season, at Brecon County Show, held on the first Saturday of August at The Showfield, Watton Villa. At the core of the show are the cattle, sheep, horse and pony classes which attract exhibitors from all over the country. Crowd-pleasing main ring attractions on August 4 include displays of carriage driving, falconry, dog agility, motorcycle stunt riding, and Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack.
Herefordshire Country Fair, while deeply rooted in field sports, has grown to include many other facets of country life. The parkland setting of Whitfield Estate, this years venue, makes a perfect location, with the adjoining lake and surrounding woodland ideal for the fishing and shooting events held on the same day, Sunday August 5.
Show president Richard Hammond will present prizes and start events. There will be a fabulous food hall and shopping marquee and in the main ring, the Knights of the Damned will present an Olympic-style jousting match. A new feature will be a miniature steam railway.
Chepstow Agricultural Societys annual show is on Saturday August 11 at Broadwell Farm, Hayesgate Lane, Crick. Theres everything from homecraft, horticulture, livestock, dogs, rabbits and horses to vintage machinery. The popular show jumping classes are back, the showground will be filled with trade stands and there will be a craft marquee and food hall. The main ring events include the Forest of Dean driving trials group, a parade by the Curre and Llangibby Hunt and the parade of prize-winning livestock. Sarah Davies, general show secretary says: Dont miss the K9 Dancing display team who along with their trainer Richard Curtis, will perform expertly choreographed routines.
On Thursday August 30, Monmouthshire Show takes place at the showground in Redbrook Road, Monmouth. Anna Williams, management secretary says: The best thing about Monmouthshire Show is the wide variety of entertainment throughout the day, with the opportunity to meet new people and traders from town and country. One thing not to miss is the unique shopping experience. From large agricultural trade stands to hand-crafted jewellery, homemade fudge to hot tubs there is something for everyone and everyones budget!
One of Wales largest one-day county shows, Monmouthshire Show attracts around 20,000 visitors. A major livestock show, it has exhibitor classes for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and pigs. It also hosts one of Wales largest open dog shows. In the country matters area, visitors can engage in rural country skills and enjoy gun dog, falconry and countryside displays. Gwent Young Farmers hold the Monmouthshire sheep derby and the fun dog show is back by. There will be fantastic displays in the horticultural, produce and handicraft section and lots of friendly rivalry between competitors. The show is also a shop window for everything from local food and crafts to heavy machinery, with more than 350 trade stands. The main ring entertainment will include The Adrenaline Tour, a quad and motorcycle stunt show and the grand parade will be the chance to see some of the finest livestock in Monmouthshire and the surrounding counties.
A new attraction at this years Kington Show at picturesque Ovals Farm, Kington, on Saturday September 8 is the Mahollam Retrievers Gundog Scurry, a have-a-go event for dog and owner organised by local dog trainer, Vic Olner. In the main ring, draws for the crowds include a trotting race and Wye Valley Axemen and for show secretary Clare Edwards there are two events not to be missed: The scurry driving and interhunt competitions are both great spectator sports with horses and ponies going at breakneck speed, highly competitive, roared on by an enthusiastic crowd, whipped to a frenzy by expert commentators. A must see and must shout for your own team.
Friendly Usk Show is one of Monmouthshires most popular annual events and 2012 will see the 164th annual show to be organised and hosted by Usk Farmers Club. The show takes places on its regular date on the second Saturday in September September 8 this year.
Show secretary Fiona Jenkins says: We hold on to our traditional roots as an agricultural show for the Usk Farmers Club so the hub of our show is the livestock section in the centre of our showground. We showcase the best of Monmouthshire stock and visitors can experience seeing wonderful cattle, sheep, pigs and goats being exhibited in our competitions. Particularly fun to watch are our childrens lamb and calf handling classes with our young farmers of the future displaying their expertise.
The horse section attracts a large number of competitors and theres a lot to see in the poultry and rabbit section marquees. Visitors can bring their dog to compete in the companion dog show. The horticulture marquee will showcase the labours of gardeners and allotment-holders and the popular homecraft marquee will show work from schoolchildren, craftsmen, artists, cooks, brewers and photographers. There will be a large food hall, a craft hall, a shopping mall and trade stands. As well as music from the Usk Band, street entertainers, fair rides and inflatable slides, there will be a display of steam engines and vintage tractors and rural crafts demonstrations.
Horse judging in the main ring in the morning will be followed in the afternoon by entertainment which this year will include a farm machinery demonstration by local agricultural contractor, Stan Evans and his team. The local pony clubs will stage a mounted games and events close with a hot air balloon ascent at 6pm.
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