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Country pursuits area a must-see attraction at Staffordshire County Show
15 May 2017
by Kirsty Smallman

Displays and demonstrations of various country crafts and pursuits will form some of the major attractions at this year’s Staffordshire County Show.

Children at the Staffordshire County Show enjoy the duck display

The two-day event attracted 65,000 people last year and the show’s Country Pursuits area proved one of the most popular with visitors to the massive Showground on Weston Road.

This year’s show will be held during half term on May 31 and June 1 and organisers are confident they offer something for everybody who is interested in following country life activities.

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, which runs the Showground on Weston Road, Stafford, said: “The Country Pursuits area is always a favourite for visitors to the show.

“We have a wide range of things to see and do again this year and are sure the attractions will be well worth a look.

“There will be donkey rides for the youngsters, falconry displays with several birds on show and broom and basket making demonstrations. Visitors can also see farriers hard at work showing off their exceptional skills.

“We will be hosting a horse shoemaking competition and demonstrating how horses are shoed.

“Angling is hugely popular and the country pursuits area will have a fly casting demonstration and competition.

“Experts will be on hand to pass on tips about clog making, den building and coracles.

“We also welcome back the Quack Pack Sheepdog & Duck Display and there will be The Sheep Show and a ferret roadshow.

“Youngsters enjoy the opportunity of getting close to and petting the animals and they will be able to do that again this year.”

In addition to the Country Pursuits area and main ring attractions, Woodfest takes place in Berryhill, an oak wood at the Stafford end of the Showground. The two-day show is an ideal opportunity to see how this beautiful scenic feature is being restored.

There is also the chance to wander through the woodland trail and take a breather in the wonderful picnic area. Visitors also get the chance to see a professional logger and his horse team in action.

Another big attraction at this year’s show will be the visit of giant tortoises, in what will be their first appearance in this part of the country. Adrian Graham will be bringing his Aldabra tortoises all the way from Lincolnshire and will be at the show on both days.

There will be an antiques fair, which will be hosted by Pat Dyer Antiques Fairs, bandstand concerts, a cookery theatre and Food Hall in the Prestwood Centre, a craft show and 400 trade stands.

For further information about the show visit www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk