Thousands expected to arrive in Watton for the 141st Wayland Agricultural Show
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A crowd of thousands is expected in Watton this weekend for the return of one of the UK’s longest-running showcases of country pursuits and family entertainment.
The 141st Wayland Agricultural Show will take place on Sunday, with a diverse programme ranging from daredevil aerobatic displays to the traditional livestock competitions which are still at the heart of the show’s appeal.
Last year’s event drew a record attendance, with an estimated 15,000 visitors pouring onto a sun-drenched showground – and organisers hope this year’s show will be even more entertaining.
Show chairman Ian Whettingsteel said: “We are trying to provide a truly traditional agricultural show that will appeal to all ages, but also one that reflects the rural community that surrounds us. If we can keep it going like that, rather than going down the commercial route, then we can retain this marvellous support for our heritage.
“It is really important that we keep the livestock and equestrian ring and all the people who care for the livestock, and bring them along for people to see at close quarters.
“It looks like it will be a perfect day for the show, but we are not just about getting lots of people through the gates. What I would like to see is people enjoying themselves even more than last year. We are getting better every year and the reason we are here is to provide as much funds as we can for local good causes and charities.”
The aerial thrills provided by Nick Houghton in his Pitts S1-11B biplane will be one of the new attractions for 2014, along with a dog agility event.
Animal lovers will also be able to enjoy the Banham Heavy Horse Team, sheepdog trials, a gundog display, terrier racing and the equestrian display team Jive Pony.
The time-honoured livestock competitions will see sheep, pigs and cattle lining up to be judged, with more unusual breeds on show in the Fur and Feather marquee.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a selection of the finest Norfolk produce, and award-winning chef Jon Gay will be giving cooking demonstrations using the best locally-sourced ingredients.
Music will be provided by the Bridgham and Harling Band and the Marham Bluebirds, the RAF military wives choir, will also be performing.
Show visitors can also browse stands selling clothes, jewellery, arts and crafts.
The Wayland Show takes place at Brandon Road, Watton on Sunday. For more information visit www.waylandshow.com or follow @WaylandShow on Twitter.