Get set for some special new treats at Royal Norfolk Show
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Flying bicycles, spectacular quadbikes, a parading military band, the big guns of farming today and the very best of Norfolk.
From Jake Humphrey to community champions, rare animal breeds, mountain bikes, skydiving, scurry driving, fashion shows and shopping, it's all happening at the Royal Norfolk Show.
With presenter Jake Humphrey as show president, there's a drive to bring new families and visitors to the show this year, with all the traditional elements and lots of extra special treats.
So while our all-time show favourites are there, with masses of machinery, the flower show, Norfolk food and chefs and animal classes from sheep and showjumping to rabbits, chickens and cows, there's an impressive amount of fresh faces at the show too.
They include Savage Skills, the UKs leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team featuring some of the world's leading stunt riders performing incredible tricks, jumps and stunts.
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The team jump so high and so far and spin so quickly it's staggering to realise they are pedal powered! What's more, between the shows, visitors can have a go themselves on a trials bike.
With the Savage Skills team on hand to share their skills, riders can learn cornering and manoeuvring, the more advanced can try balance beams and seesaws and there's even a limbo challenge for very young riders.
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There's stunt riding of a different kind from the Kangaroo Kid, with his selection of quad bikes. This world famous rider from Australia is known for doing things differently, whether it's wheelies, jumping over aircraft or through hoops. The tricks he can make his quads perform are inspiring - spectators won't view them the same again – but don't try this at home!
While stunt riders are the heart in the mouth entertainment, the military parade is there to stir the hearts and souls of everyone.
The Salute to the Armed Forces, supported by the Band of the Parachute Regiment, is a parade of members of the armed forces based here in Norfolk and others affiliated with Norfolk such as Royal Navy's HMS Dauntless, the Royal Anglian Regiment, Light Dragoons, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Air Corps and Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
The Salute is on the first day of the show only, but the Band of the Parachute Regiment is also performing on day two.
Some of the biggest machines seen on Norfolk's fields will be in the Grand Ring too, with a unique demonstration to show how potatoes get from field to roast dinner, chips or crisps.
The Grand Ring is to be transormed into a potato field and spectators will watch everything from fertilising and spread to planting, irrigating and harvesting. With Norfolk potato growers producing nearly 13 per cent of the six million tonnes of potatoes grown in Britain, it's a seriously big business.
The show by NORMAC (Norfolk Machinery Club) features some phenomenal ground-shaking machinery, some of the big guns from farming's agricultural equipment line up.
It's something truly different and new for the Grand Ring, an amazing demonstration to illustrate the potato's Norfolk life from farm to fork.
Once the machinery noise has died down, it could be time to shop and this year there's a huge selection of stands and stalls to browse. They include The Best of Norfolk, a new shopping marquee showing off some of the county's finest small businesses.
There are a lot of new faces and ideas at the show among the trade stands this year such as Finn Geotherm, from Attleborough, whose professionals can explain its heat pump systems and new increase in the Government's commercial renewable heat incentive.
And the best of Norfolk celebration continues back in the Grand Ring too with a parade of Norfolk Community Champions.
This is a celebration of Norfolk's unsung community treasures and the chance to applaud some of the local people who give their time to help others.
The Community Champions will be presented with a certificate and have their picture taken with Show President Jake Humphrey before the Grand Ring parade.
Be sure to give them an extra warm round of applause.