It’s show time for ru­ral lovers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s TV -

East of Eng­land Show Show­ground, Al­wal­ton To­day, Satur­day and Sun­day IT’S not just one of Peter­bor­ough’s biggest events of the year, but it’s now one of the largest crowd-pullers in the re­gion.

With gates open­ing at 8am to­day, there’s ex­pected to be thou­sands of peo­ple al­ready en­joy­ing the first day of the East of Eng­land Show.

The re­gion’s lead­ing coun­try­side and life­style show is a must to visit if you want to get out and about this week­end.

The cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish farm­ing and ru­ral life in­cludes tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tions and fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Horses of all shapes and sizes will fea­ture strongly, and show jump­ing re­turns to the main arena, guar­an­tee­ing an ac­tion­packed eques­trian timetable for spec­ta­tors in the grand­stand.

Dis­plays in­clude heavy horses, side-sad­dle rid­ing, the re­train­ing of race­horses, don­keys and small. minia­ture horses.

The so­ci­ety has also an­nounced record en­tries across the live­stock classes this year.

There will be more than 540 head of cat­tle, 440 sheep and 100 pigs all mak­ing up a fab­u­lous dis­play of farm live­stock from across the UK.

Beef cat­tle will be es­pe­cially strong, as this year’s show is also host­ing the English Na­tional Charo­lais Show.

The grand pa­rade of live­stock will take place at 3.30pm to­mor­row in the cat­tle ring.

Vin­tage agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, steam and clas­sic cars will have a larger sec­tion this year, and the demon­stra­tions will be a treat for all nostal­gia buffs. One of the stars of this sec­tion will be Thor­ney’s 1908 steam fire en­gine.

Vikki Guy, from the East of Eng­land Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, said: “There will be plenty for the chil­dren to do as well, in­clud­ing a pastie kitchen where they can cook their own pastie and find out where the in­gre­di­ents come from.”

The food hall will con­tain many of the re­gion’s best food and drink pro­duc­ers sell­ing their pro­duce. And the fi­nal­ists in the School Food Chal­lenge will bat­tle it out for the tro­phy to­day.

Few will be able to re­sist the Peter­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Orchid Show, es­pe­cially as ex­hibitors come from all over the world to dis­play their mag­nif­i­cent blooms, and there’s a host of in­for­ma­tive lec­tures sched­uled for the week­end.

Shop­pers will find great buys at more than 400 stands.

AN­I­MAL MAGIC: Hay­ley Cancea and Macken­zie Baird meet hound pups at the 2008 show.

FARM­HAND: Trac­tors big and

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