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Dancing sheep expected to be hit at Staffordshire County Show
13 May 2015
by Dani Wozencroft

Youngsters will be keeping a look out for Shaun the Sheep at this year’s Staffordshire County Show when a flock of dancing sheep show off their skills.
Organisers are hoping the sheep won’t embark on quite the same adventure as Shaun the Sheep and his friends did in the recently released movie but are billing The Sheep Show as a must see for visitors attending the annual event on May 27 and 28 at the county showground in Stafford.
Led by Richard Savory from New Zealand, the unique 30 minute sheep show, aims to educate the audience on different sheep breeds and attributes and how wool is used to make clothing.
The show stars Nobby the Norfolk Horn and includes a shearing demonstration.
It culminates in a performance of dancing sheep otherwise known as the Sheep Show Hustle.
Richard Williams, chief executive of Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society which organises the two day show, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Richard and his team to this year’s show.
“We think they will be a real hit with visitors. The show is quite something. It’s  really cleverly devised, highly entertaining and extremely informative.
“The dancing sheep are fantastic and we are sure it will capture the hearts and attention of children and adults alike coming to the show this May half term.
“We understand Shaun the Sheep the movie has been quite a hit so we are hoping our sheep show will be too.”
The Sheep Show has its own stage trailer with sound and lighting and the sheep will be performing up to four times each day.
Backstage the stars of the show can be seen by visitors throughout the day. The sheep will continue to be the attraction when the sheep shearing competitions take place on the first day of the show. The sheep shearing demonstrations will then follow on the Thursday, the second day of the show.
Angela Cope, chief sheep shearing steward, said: “The sheep shearing competitions always attract a crowd as the talents of the men and women shearing are really shown off.
“It really is a talent and quite a fitness work out – our judges will be looking for speed but also quality and a high standard of finish.
“The demonstrations will continue throughout the day on the Thursday.
“We are expecting a lot of interest from children and no doubt they will want to know which one is called Shaun!”
Other attractions at this year’s show include extensive food hall and cookery theatre, Woodfest for the children, a vintage machinery parade, Young Farmer’s floats, along with the country pursuits area with falconry, sheep show, sheepdog and duck display and horse shoeing. Youngsters can also enjoy the donkey rides and animal experience.
The Bolddog Lings FMX Motorcycle Display Team will also be performing in the main ring.
Advanced tickets are now available from the show office and various outlets or the website http://www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk/.
For more information visit the website or call 01785 258 060 or email enquiries@staffscountyshowground.co.uk.