It’s show time for rural lovers
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