Preparations are being made for the region’s premier agricultural show with the aim of making it a showcase for the best of the region’s farming industry.
The Northumberland County Show will be held at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield on May 29, with previous events having attracted more than 26,000 visitors to its mix of agricultural competitions and rural-themed entertainment.
Competitive livestock classes will be held for cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, plus show jumping and sheep shearing, though poultry classes have been suspended this year due to restrictions in place after the avian flu outbreak.
The main attractions in the arena include a monster trucks display, a Roman cavalry show with pony club Roman games, and a parade of ‘tractors through the ages’.
There will also be a dedicated children’s area with pony rides and face painting, Lintz Hall Farm’s Kids’ Corner, animals from the Kirkley Hall zoo creatures and bubble football.
The 2017 show will be celebrating the first ever Northumberland Day which takes place the day before, with marquees festooned with colourful red and yellow bunting in honour of the Northumberland flag.
Those celebrations will include a children’s art competition on the theme of Roman Northumbria and there will be a Glorious Northumberland marquee, dedicated to regional attractions, leisure services and tourism supported by Northumberland County Council.
A spokesman for the show said: “The Northumberland County Show provides a showcase for the finest examples of animal husbandry and agriculture, and applauds the pride and passion of the county’s farmers and food producers. In the food hall ‘The Taste of Northumberland Marquee’, visitors will find it full of high quality local bakers, butchers, chefs and food suppliers, providing samples of the best of the county’s gourmet offerings.
“The Northumberland County Show has always been committed to supporting local producers and suppliers wherever possible, and in addition to the competitive livestock and home crafts sections, the show provides a unique assembly of stick dressers, pipe players, bee keepers, farriers, dry stone walling, weavers and spinners, all from Northumberland.”
More details on the show can be found at www.northcountyshow.co.uk .
Source : Chroniclelive