Win tickets to the 11th annual EDP Spring Fling

Michael Pollitt, agricultural editorRoll up. Roll up. To mark the 11th annual EDP Spring Fling, we're giving away 11 pairs of tickets for the fun event for youngsters at the Norfolk showground.Michael Pollitt, agricultural editor

Tickets for the 11th annual EDP Spring Fling are going on sale today and even more displays and hands-on activities will be at the Norfolk showground than last year.

And to mark the event, which takes place on Thursday, April 15, we're giving away 11 pairs of tickets.

The latest Spring Fling will be even bigger than last year when 4,500 children and adults flocked to the showground to find out about food, farming and the countryside. All the popular attractions - tractor and trailer rides, rare breeds of animals, fancy rats and pigeons will be present.

The Spring Fling, which is jointly organised by the EDP and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, is designed to appeal to young visitors, aged from four to 14.

Inside the main exhibition hall there will be dozens of stands as part of the event's "fun with food" theme. Norfolk young farmers will be inviting visitors to create "food art" and dairy farmer Julian Taylor, of Starston, near Harleston, will be bringing some of his cows and calves to show the link between his pedigree animals, milk and grass.

Butcher Terry Beales, of Harleston, and a team will show youngsters how to make sausages, and members of Ladies in Pigs will cook them. Last year, they turned more than 200lb of pork into hundreds of sausages.

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More than 3,500 visitors enjoyed a tractor and trailer ride around the showground, which was certainly one of the highlights. And large numbers of visitors took home a bundle of dressed reed, which volunteers from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust prepared.

The countryside area, which includes demonstrations by working dogs, has been greatly expanded. And competitive dog agility will be staged as well as working displays by members of the Norfolk Gun Dog Club. Members of the Starting Handle Club will be bringing veteran and vintage tractors.

With most of the events staged under cover, the organisers suggest that visitors wear suitable clothing for the woodland walk and countryside area activities.

The �6 ticket also includes a hog roast lunch and apple juice from Aspall's. All tickets must be purchased in advance and no tickets will be sold on the gate. All children must be accompanied. Parking is free and the gates open at 9am.

Tickets are now available from the EDP's Prospect House head office or branches at Great Yarmouth, Diss, Cromer, Fakenham, Dereham, Lowestoft, and Beccles.

They can also be bought through the RNAA's website at www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk