County show attracts thousands
The 135th Nottinghamshire County Show was described as a fantastic event by the council chairman of Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society.
Mr Roger Jackson, who has been attending the show for more than 50 years, said changes to the layout and different attractions that had all worked exceptionally well.
They included moving the cattle to a more central part of the site and having a dedicated ring outside the Sir John Eastwood buildings for heavy horses.
“This show is about educating the public and introducing them to agriculture and local farmers,” he said. “We want to help them learn about food from grass to the plate.
“At the end of the day we are all all about promoting agriculture.”
Mr Jackson was kept busy in his role as chief cattle steward but found time to have a go at the bush tucker food challenge run by newly-appointed education officer for the society Kate Gugliotta.
Last year the show attracted 16,000 visitors and the organisers hope the figure for this year’s event will have been even higher.
Livestock and horses remained an important part of the show with 300 sheep and goats, 100 pigs and 500 horses on the site.
There were also more than 100 vintage vehicles, over 70 floral art displays, and more than 25 farriers taking part in a competition that attracted entrants from as far as Sweden.
Main ring attractions included Atkinson Action Horses which have starred in television period drama including Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.
There was a large display by Highways England with demonstrations of its work showing how the East Midlands team work together to recover a vehicle and repair the road after an accident.
An 8ft giant fruit and veg man — Froojamaflip and his friend, Fred — were among the attractions in the food experience area.
There were food demonstrations, including Ladies In Pigs, a butchery demonstration, children’s burger making, a question and answer session about vegetable growing, and a chocolate making demonstration.
“It has been a fantastic show,” said Mr Jackson.
“The weather has been very kind and it has been great to see so many people here.”
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