Aylsham Show hopes for 15,000 crowd

Richard BatsonThe annual showcase of country life is gearing up for its annual mix of livestock, arena entertainment and family fun.Richard Batson

An annual showcase of country life is gearing up for its annual mix of livestock, arena entertainment and family fun.

The 63rd Aylsham Show takes place at Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday when organisers are hoping good weather will boost attendances and help produce another spin-off crop of charity cash.

Last year's event raised a record �42,500, which supported 46 local good causes and beat the previous year's record total by �500.

This year's show is aiming to attract another 15,000-strong crowd with its time-honoured blend of a traditional agricultural show, with a celebration of rural life, livestock judging, showjumping, and main ring action.


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New this year is a Royal Tournament-style field gun race being done by the Young Farmers Clubs wheeling, dismantling and carrying specially-built carriages over obstacles.

The show is an end-of-summer, after-harvest social event for the farming world, but secretary Chris Self said he was also keen to provide something for all the family and get children involved, including in the livestock section through young handler classes.

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He added: 'We are praying for continuation of the good weather.'

Aylsham Show gates open at 8am on Monday, August 31. Admission is �10 adults, children under 16 and parking free. Main ring events start from 11.30am. For more information visit www.aylshamshow.co.uk

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