Warm and sunny forecast for ‘flingers” at next week’s Spring Fling at the Norfolk showground

Archie (L to R) Lily and Jamie Hickling try a pedal tractor at the Spring Fling. Photograph Simon Parker Archie (L to R) Lily and Jamie Hickling try a pedal tractor at the Spring Fling. Photograph Simon Parker

Friday, April 4, 2014
1:03 PM

Tractor and trailer rides and the ever-popular hog roast are just some of the attractions at the 15th annual Spring Fling at the Norfolk showground next Wednesday.

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Archie (left) and Joshua Greest with cauliflowers and seeds at the Spring Fling. Photograph Simon ParkerArchie (left) and Joshua Greest with cauliflowers and seeds at the Spring Fling. Photograph Simon Parker

A sunny, bright and warm day for next Wednesday’s 15th annual Spring Fling at the Norfolk showground is on the cards.

Jim Bacon, of Weatherquest, said that “flingers” should have a good day on Wednesday.

“It looks like being reasonably warm, reasonably bright and some patchy cloud. A mixed cloudy and sunny interval sort of day,” he added.

With a last-minute rush in the past two days, more than 4,500 tickets have already been sold for the fun and educational event for youngsters, aged between four and 14.Tractor and trailer rides and the ever-popular hog roast are just some of the attractions at the 15th annual Spring Fling at the Norfolk showground on Wednesday.

There will be chicks hatching as well as cows and calves and heavy horses. In the countryside area, there will be working dogs, sheepdogs and other countryside demonstrations.

There will also be an opportunity to climb into the cab of some large top-of-the-range high performance farm tractors and also sit on some vintage and veteran machines.

Another favourite, Richard Savory’s famous Sheep Show, returns and will be giving a number of 20-minute displays through the event with stars including Susie the Southdown and Nobby the Norfolk Horn and friends. The Spring Fling, which was first held in 2000, and is jointly organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the EDP, has become a regular fixture of the Easter holidays.

A combination of fun and educational displays should appeal to youngsters of all ages.

Hundreds of youngsters, aged between four and 14, enjoyed tractor and trailer rides at last year’s event and organisers estimated that 3,935 had a tour of the showground.

Norfolk dairy farmers gave away more than 2,500 bottles of milk to visitors, while butcher Terry Beales and his helpers made and cooked more than 1,700 sausages from more than 100kg of fresh pork at last year’s event.

There will also be sausage-making demonstrations this year.

More than 70pc of the tickets for the event, which opens at 9.30am and ends about 3.30pm on April 9, have been sold. Tickets must be obtained in advance via the Royal Norfolk Show’s website.

No tickets will be available on the gate.

All tickets (child and adult), which cost £8.50, include a hog roast lunch and a drink.

There is free entry for children aged two and under but food and drink is not included. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To buy a ticket, www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

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